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'Bull' Smith won't die wondering

Brandon Smith attacks everything he does head on and don't expect that to change on Saturday night at AAMI Park.

The 21-year old will start for Melbourne in the number nine jersey and Craig Bellamy will be hoping Smith can channel the same energy that has seen him provide such a big impact off the bench in 2018 into a near 80 minute performance.

"You've got to try and pull him back a little bit, he gets a bit excited," Craig Bellamy explained on Friday when asked about the youngster's starting credentials.

Coaches Media: Craig Bellamy

"As you can see by the way he goes on the field he is a bull at a gate basically.

"He'll need to have a little bit of thought this week playing at dummy half but we're really glad for him.

"He won't die wondering I know that, he is a nice guy to be able to bring in."

The talented youngster has made the most of his increased opportunity in first-grade this season playing seven games, already surpassing last year's tally of three when he made his NRL debut.

Smith was instrumental in Storm's Round 10 victory, earning man of the match honours in the win over the Titans.

"He's been a really valuable player for us Brandon and he's done a good job when he's got the chance," Bellamy said.

"We're not quite sure how long Brandon is going to go.

"We don't think he's got 80 minutes in him but having said that if he gets a bit of adrenalin from the start you never no what he could do."

Brandon Smith with the Man of the Match Award from Round 10.
Brandon Smith with the Man of the Match Award from Round 10.
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