I love this Club: Vunivalu
Suliasi Vunivalu loves the Club he plays for.
The Flying Fijian has been a non-stop human highlight reel since making his debut on a Sunday afternoon back in April last year.
Since then Vunivalu has played 45 games and scored 46 tries – something no other player in the history of the game has accomplished before.
His journey to Melbourne ironically began on AAMI Park, although at the time he was wearing a different jersey and playing a completely different sport.
In 2013 Vunivalu was running around for the Auckland Blues development team in a pre-season hit-out against the Melbourne Rebels.
Storm officials were watching on with interest and it did not take long for the athletic winger to catch their attention.
A couple of phone calls and a face-to-face meeting soon followed and before he knew it the exciting prospect was wearing purple.
“I was a big fan of the Melbourne Storm back in Fiji so I didn’t want to say ‘no’,” Vunivalu said.
“It means a lot, this Club has done so much for me and my family. I love this Club and I would do anything for it.”
The spectacular is now simply stock-standard for Vunivalu.
He is the side’s X-factor but knows full well his eye-catching finishes are only possible because of the hard work of his teammates.
“I don’t think much about that (scoring tries), we are more about teamwork and working together,” Vunivalu said.
“If the tries come I will be thanking the boys on the inside doing all the hard work.”
Vunivalu thinks the world of Melbourne Storm and all it has done for him.
It is safe to say the feeling is well and truly mutual.