Next generation of leaders step up
Having your most senior players taken away during the Origin period is nothing new to the Melbourne Storm.
Skipper Cameron Smith as well as Cooper Cronk, Will Chambers and Jordan McLean will likely not see their Storm teammates until game day on Friday night.
While it is not the ideal preparation ahead of the clash with the Knights it is a build up Storm are well accustomed to.
“We’ve got a pretty good system now during the Origin period,” Tim Glasby said.
“We try to make sure we are preparing as best we can and I think to some extent we prepare as if they won’t be there because you just can’t plan for injury.
“We just prepare as best we can and if they can come back in and slot into our team on Friday night we will be more than happy to have them.”
The Storm quartet currently in Origin camp have a combined 892 games of NRL experience.
With them not around for the preparations this week, the responsibility lies with emerging leaders such as Tim Glasby to step up and take charge.
“We like when that happens. It is not just about young fellas stepping into those positions to play… it is probably about the emerging leaders around the place stepping up as well, everyone has to pick up their game a little bit,” Glasby said.
“We try to get that happening, everyone has an added responsibility.”