When the Storm said they wanted to sign me, it was a surprise. Paul Bunn, who is a recruiter for the club, got in touch and asked if I’d be interested in coming down.

They offered me a two-year deal. It was such an exciting opportunity that had some security around it as well – there was no hesitation whatsoever.

Casey and I aren’t afraid to give something a go. We certainly liked our lives in Rocky but we were keen to give it a crack and see what happened.

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I’ve always been a no-frills player. That’s never changed. But Craig Bellamy, the other coaches and my teammates reinforced the work ethic and high standards that you need to hold yourself to. Attention to detail is the biggest thing.

I kept pushing for selection and was eventually handed my debut in round 16 against the Tigers. I was 24 years old and it was awesome – to be able to tell Casey, my parents, family and friends that I was going to be playing NRL.

I owe a heap to everyone at the Storm. Everything changed when I came to Melbourne. They kicked my NRL career off. It’s a really special place and I’ve made some fantastic friends.

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