Melbourne Storm players, Sam Kasiano and first-year Kayleb Milne have been digging holes, repairing divots, landscaping etc at Werribee Racecourse for the past week. 
Sam mans the shovel.
Picture: Jay Town

Fixing holes on a racetrack is not how you might expect a player to spend the first two weeks at his new Club.

However that was the exact initiation for Sam Kasiano experienced.

It was all part of the Storm work program that Kasiano and his fellow recruits were required to complete.

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The two-week induction sees players dig holes, move equipment and complete various form of labour whilst also juggling their gym and training requirements.

Its purpose is to give newcomers a sense of perspective and gratitude about playing rugby league at the highest level and instill an understand of how important hard work is.

The program has had its desired effect on Kasiano, who has come to Melbourne ready to re-launch his career after 139 games for the Bulldogs.

“Holding that rake all day and just punching the holes in is pretty tough.” Kasiano told the Herald Sun.

“It does (take it out of you) but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

“It’s a privilege for us to play rugby league as a job, not to take things for granted.”

Read the full story in the Herald Sun.