20-year Team: Centres

20-year Team: Centres

Good luck choosing two positions from these four superstar players.

Each has held the label of best centre in the NRL at one point in time during their careers and all have electrified the purple army. 

We now take a look at the four candidates for the centre positions in Melbourne Storm’s 20-year team:

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Matt King      

  • 91 Storm games (2003-07)
  • 60 tries
  • 2007 Premiership player

One of the most beloved characters to have come through this Club, ‘Kingy’ was the ultimate team man. Should an opposing player ever have an issue with a Storm player, King would be the first to step in and back up his teammate. He came to Melbourne in 2003 as a largely unwanted talent from the rest of the NRL world. However Craig Bellamy gave him a first-grade debut that year and the rest is history. King then spent the next five seasons taking Storm into its next era with an appetite for the contest that was unwavering. He was beloved by Storm fans and the feeling was certainly mutual.

 

Greg Inglis

  • 117 Storm games (2005-10)
  • 78 tries
  • 2007, 2009 Premiership player

G.I - a set of initials that instantly sets off flashbacks of tries, bursting runs and everything that is great about the game of rugby league. Inglis was an excitement machine for Melbourne, whenever he touched the ball the Storm faithful would collectively hold their breath – they knew something special was about to happen. Who could forget that last minute try in the 2008 semi-final to sink the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium? Inglis could have been nominated in any of three positions for this 20-year team; fullback, five-eighth or centre. The centre position was where he spent much of the last two seasons of his Melbourne career before moving on at the end of the 2010 season. He has become one of the best of the modern era, enjoying a remarkable career that for the first six years was proudly spent in purple.

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Will Chambers         

  • 172 Storm games (2007-09, 2012-2017)
  • 72 tries
  • 2009, 2012 and 2017 Premiership player

It is hard to remember a Storm side without Will Chambers in it. It feels as though the boy from the Northern Territory has grown up in front of our eyes to now stand as the Australian and Queensland No.3. At the top of his game Chambers can stake a legitimate claim to be the best defensive centre in the NRL. The 29-year-old is a proven big-game player, having been among Storm’s best in the last two NRL Grand Finals. Chambers has also helped the Club to incredible success, being a key part in three Grand Final-winning teams.

 

Israel Folau

  • 52 Storm games (2007-08)
  • 36 tries
  • 2007 Premiership player

This is the second position Folau has been nominated for as part of the Melbourne Storm 20-year team. His first season at Storm was spent on the wing and after capture Rookie of the Year honours, he then backed up the effort to be named the Dally M Centre of the Year the following season. His unmatched athleticism and ability to change the game whenever he had the ball in his hands was a joy to behold. Folau only spent two seasons in Melbourne but what a ride it was.