Trial games are important but for new Storm recruit Tui Kamikamica, this weekend’s clash against the Warriors on the Sunshine Coast is extra special.
Kamikamica will be returning to the Club that allowed him to chase his NRL dream, a dream that eventually saw him earn a place in Storm’s playing squad for the 2017 season.
The Fijian prop was a star last season for feeder club Sunshine Coast Falcons, impressing Storm recruiters throughout last season during the Intrust Super Cup.
Although Kamikamica will return to Sunshine Coast Stadium wearing a purple jersey this weekend, he is certainly determined to perform well in front of the locals who gave him so much support.
“They mean a lot to me because I came there at the end of last year and the coach told me that if I played well there I would get the chance to play for the Storm and now here I am,” Kamikamica said.
“It means the world to me the Sunshine Coast, to be back home. Without me playing up there I wouldn’t be here
It has been a long nine weeks of training and this is going to be the first weekend to represent the Melbourne Storm. I am really looking forward to it, can’t wait to be out on the field.”
For a new recruit, trial games present the perfect opportunity to stake their claim for a spot in the side when the NRL season comes around.
With the 2017 campaign less than a month away, Kamikamica knows full well that Saturday is his chance to impress.
“This is one of my biggest chances, first game of the year, first trial game,” Kamikamica said.
“This is where I am going to put all my effort and everything I learned in the nine weeks of pre-season training, it is going to be a good test for me and to also show the coach’s what I can do on the field and what I can bring to the team.