An unstoppable Storm teammate and an Immortal of the game are inspiring Melbourne forward Tino Fa'asuamaleaui as he targets leaving the club with a premiership ring.
Fa’asuamaleaui and his partner in rampage on the bench, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, combined last week to play a major role in a 42-6 win over Gold Coast.
They have been named on the bench again against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
They each played 40 minutes against the Titans with Asofa-Solomona the man of the match in a devastating two-try feast and Fa’asuamaleaui making 120 metres from 12 runs, after which coach Craig Bellamy said it was the best bench display he had seen this year from his team.
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"Nelson doesn’t leave anything in the tank. Everyone sees how hard he runs and when I see him wind up it makes me even more motivated to run harder and do even better," said 20-year-old Fa’asuamaleaui.
"I’ve learned a lot of things off Nelson and Jesse Bromwich so it is good to get more minutes and for Craig to have that belief in me to play longer."
Tino is in the frame to make his State of Origin debut for Queensland in November in a series which will mark the 40-year anniversary of the Origin concept.
It is the legacy left by the late inaugural Maroons captain Arthur Beetson that still resonates with Fa’asuamaleaui after hearing stories about the great man from his father Fereti.
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Fereti, who Tino idolises, was brought from Samoa to the Roosters by Beetson and played lower grades for the club.
"I never met Arthur Beetson but I heard lots of stories about him from my dad,” Fa’asuamaleaui said.
"I wasn’t born when Artie was playing but after hearing dad and other people speak about him he has definitely been a person I look up to. His toughness was something I want to bring into my game.
"I’d love to [play for the Maroons] this year and hopefully if I can keep playing good football my name will get tossed around."
Fa’asuamaleaui said the Titans had improved this year and played a "gutsy, tough and never give up" brand of football under Justin Holbrook, but his focus is only on the next three months.
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"At the start of the pre-season my main goal was firstly to get in the Storm team, stay in the team and hopefully be there at the big dance at the end of the year and get a [premiership] ring before I leave,” Fa’asuamaleaui said.
"The club has done so much for me off the field, and just as much on the field with defensive things I didn’t even know you had to do in rugby league."