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Giving the coach a headache might not seem like a good idea but that is exactly what Joe Stimson aims to do.

When you are on the cusp of selection every week you need to make the most of your opportunities when they come your way.

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That is what Stimson has done since making his debut for Melbourne in Round 2.

He took a step up on ANZAC Day, when he was given his first start. The 21-year-old made 22 tackles and ran for 54 metres.

Now five games into his NRL career, Stimson is determined to make selection time a difficult one for Craig Bellamy.

“(My goal) is to just play some good footy and try and give Craig a bit of a headache because I am sort of in and out of the side at the moment,” Stimson said.

“Hopefully I can just get a bench spot and hold it.

“To get a start on ANZAC Day was really special. That was one of the games I really wanted to play just because I loved watching it last year.

“It was unreal, the Melbourne Storm got behind us and it was a really good experience. The start was pretty physical but I enjoyed it.”

Stimson has been named in Storm’s 21-man squad for Sunday’s top of the table clash against the Dragons.

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