Slade Griffin experienced all the twists and turns of the rugby league rollercoaster during his five years in Melbourne.
An NRL debut in the purple jersey back in 2013 was a highlight, followed by a series of lows that saw him endure three knee reconstructions.
He then worked his way into an incredible comeback which culminated in an ending worthy of a Hollywood script.
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Griffin returned to the Storm side to play a key impact role on the bench in Melbourne’s 2017 Premiership win.
In the off-season he made the move to Newcastle in search of cementing his place as the Knight’s starting hooker.
So far it has gone according to script, with Griffin starting all five games in the No.9 and steering the Knights to a 3-2 start.
His former coach has kept a close eye on the 27-year-old and has been delighted with the rewards he has seen.
“I am really happy for Slade,” Craig Bellamy said back in Round 3 following the dummy half’s impressive start to the season.
“He was a little bit of a favourite here Slade to be quite honest because I know the quality of person he is.
“After the bad luck he had, he is starting to hopefully, for Newcastle and his family, get a run on now after those injuries that he suffered.
“We are really proud of him and what he has done. He showed so much resilience to keep going and he is a real big part of that Newcastle side now.”