Cheyse Blair is relishing the competition for his spot this year.
There are plenty of candidates to fill the No.4 jersey on Storm’s right edge this season with Blair’s hard work over pre-season earning him that spot for Round 1.
The 25-year-old did not take long to repay the coach’s faith, coming up with Melbourne’s first try of the season inside the opening three minutes.
He also produced a try-saving and arguably match-saving tackle on Will Hopoate in the second half of Storm’s 12-6 win.
It was a timely performance for Blair that will help stave off completion for that centre position.
“I am always looking to improve… I don’t mind people pushing me because it makes me work that little bit harder,” Blair said.
“Curtis had a good pre-season, he’s a good kid and going to be a star of the future.
“Obviously I got my opportunity in Round 1 and will be looking to hold my position for the rest of the year.”
Blair lined up alongside new recruit Josh Addo-Carr with the pair combining for 10 tackle busts between them on Friday night.
The sight of Addo-Carr bursting down the wing is one Blair could certainly get used to this year.
“(Josh) had a few good touches in the first half, it is pretty good to see him running that fast on my edge too,” Blair said.
“He’s got a job to do and he goes out and does it. Josh has come in, done well and I’m pretty sure he will have a good year.”