Next generation is ready

They may have already tasted premiership success but rest assured, Storm’s younger players are hungry for more.

Amongst all of the positives to come out of this Grand Final-winning season, a major one has been the emergence of this team’s young talent.

Of the 17 players who defeated the Cowboys on Sunday night, seven were 25 years of age or younger.

Then you add the likes of Brodie Croft, Jahrome Hughes, Brandon Smith, Ryley Jacks and Joe Stimson who all provided an exciting glimpse of the future and this Club is certainly headed in the right direction.

Their potential was on full display during this year’s Origin period, where the young talent took centre stage to help win five out of six games to all but seal the minor premiership.

It was just a small snapshot of what this emerging talent is motivated to achieve.

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Cooper Cronk became the first of Storm’s star-studded trio to call time on his Storm career.

Although they may be in the twilight of their careers Cameron Smith and Billy Slater remain as arguably the two best players in the game.

However when the time does come for the pair to also ride off into the sunset, the next generation is ready and hungry to take over.

‘‘Having the best three players in the world for 15 years, it’s so hard to do that and they’ve done it for that long,’’ said Cameron Munster told the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘But we’ve got some good young talent coming through. We’ve got some big shoes to fill and I’m not saying it is going to be easy but the younger boys are confident.

“They’ve got a chip on their shoulder and I like that about them. I feel like they can do the job next year and the next five or six years as well.’’

Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald.