Patience paying off for Stimson

Joe Stimson is a seriously talented footballer.

He carries himself in true Storm style; works hard, tackles hard and does whatever the team needs of him.

At times that has meant biding his time in reserve grade or on the bench but if it is for the good of the team Stimson is happy to do it.

On Saturday night though the 22-year-old got his opportunity in the No.12 jersey and made the most of it.

Stimson recorded 29 tackles, the second most of any Storm player on the field.

"I have really enjoyed my time when I've started or when I've been on the bench as well," Stimson said.

"I am just really happy to do what the team wants me to do. If that is off the bench then fair enough but if it's starting I'll be wrapped with that as well."

The man who he replaced in the side was 12 years and 292 NRL games his senior.

Ryan Hoffman's return to Melbourne this year has meant Stimson has had to put into practice that patience of his.

In a sign of his impressive nature though, the youngster has treated it nothing but a positive.

"Hoffy has been awesome for me," Stimson said.

"He is probably one of the best line runners that the Storm have had. He is a very intelligent person and a very smart footy player as well."