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In my shoes: Harry Grant

Melbourne Storm debutant Harry Grant tells his story, in his own words.

Two weeks ago I went back home to Yeppoon. I've still got posters of Cameron Smith on the wall in my room.

A week later he was presenting me with my debut NRL jersey at training.

It was surreal – I couldn't wipe the smile off my face, I was smiling the whole time.

I was listening to Smithy thinking 'how good is this'!

Growing up, Cameron was one of my rugby league idols – alongside Darren Lockyer and Billy Slater.

On Saturday night, I got the chance to play my first NRL match and I got to play alongside Billy Slater. It was a childhood dream.

Everything has been pretty surreal for me.

You always dream of that moment to make your first-grade debut. To do it in the purple jersey was even more special.

For me the dream to play NRL started back when I was playing at the age of 4 or 5. I was always playing competitively or in the back yard with my brothers.

For me it was everything.

Cameron Smith presents youngster Harry Grant with his NRL debut jersey at Storm training.
Cameron Smith presents youngster Harry Grant with his NRL debut jersey at Storm training.

I was pretty nervous the whole week leading up to the game on Saturday night. I didn't really want to think too far into it.

Once the game came around I was VERY nervous.

Sitting on the bench didn't really help but once I got out there I was sweet.

It was a lot quicker than I'm used to. There were big bodies everywhere and I was always on edge.

I called mum and dad straight after Craig told me I would be playing.

They were stoked for me.

Mum didn't believe it really, she was speechless just like I was.

They came down to Melbourne with my brothers and their girlfriends for the weekend. I had a few mates come down too which was awesome.

It was great to have everyone here together for the game.

It will be a memory I cherish for a long time.

Acknowledgement of Country

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