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Five months ago Jordan McLean won a Premiership with 16 of his mates.

This Thursday night he will go head-to-head against them, this side on the opposing team for the blockbuster Grand Final rematch.

McLean made the move north in the off-season in order to be closer to his family after five seasons of outstanding service to Melbourne.

After 86 games as part of the Storm pack, his former teammates are well aware of what he brings to the table.

“We are mates off the field but when we get on the field it is getting back down to work,” Tim Glasby said.

“He is a body, we all know that about him and he has got pretty good leg speed for a big fella as well.

“He is a great carrier of the football and is good in defence as well so we’ve got a big job against us.”


The 26-year-old’s return to AAMI Park will be an interesting subplot to a crucial game, with both Storm and the Cowboys holding a 1-1 ledger after the first two round of the season.

The game will likely be won and lost up the middle as two of the NRL’s premiere forward packs go head-to-head.

“They have a fantastic forward pack with Matt Scott, Jordan McLean and Jason Taumalolo,” Glasby said.

“It is going to be a tough game for us, we really need to start well and go on from there. With big Macca and what he adds, he is going to be great for them.”

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