Nate Myles showed he is closing in on an NRL return with an impressive performance to help guide Easts Tigers to a 17-16 win over fellow Storm feeder side Sunshine Coast Falcons.
Since arriving at Storm in mid-June, Myles had been recovering from an elbow injury sustained in Origin I.
On Saturday he made his return to the field and showed he was not far off full fitness.
“He was exceptional, he came back and bought straight in,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.
“At Captain’s Run he was helping out our young halves and his work ethic on Saturday night was unreal.
“He played 50 minutes straight and wanted to keep going for the full 80. He was very good with the rest of the group and led the team song as well so it was good to have him.
“We wish we’d have him every week but I don’t think that is going to be the case.”
Easts surrendered the first two tries of the game before fighting their way back into the contest.
A field goal by Brayden Torpy in the 79th minute saw them snatch victory from the Falcons and reclaim a spot back in the Intrust Super Cup top four.
Easts Tigers 17 (Linc Port, Jarrod McInally, Adam Crear tries; Brayden Torpy 2 goals; Brayden Torpy field goal) def Sunshine Coast Falcons 16 (Justin Olam, Samuel Wright, Christopher Lewis tries; Guy Hamilton 2 goals) at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park.