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Isaac Lumelume becomes our sixth debutant in 2020

The cancellation of the Intrust Super Cup season was no doubt disheartening news for feeder club players pushing for first grade selection.

Given the depth of our squad, few could have predicted we'd have six debutants (so far) this year, but for all its downsides, 2020 has afforded plenty of opportunity to our young players.

22-year-old Isaac Lumelume was the latest to get his first taste of senior footy, and although he's a man of few words when faced with a video camera, his beaming smile told the story.

Lumelume: It was unreal

"It was a tough game and more intense than I expected," he told Inside Storm.

"I knew once I had my first run I'd be sweet, I was less nervous after that."

Before Sunday afternoon, Isaac hadn't played any footy at all this year, save for a couple of scrimmages.

"I wasn't expecting (to get the call up)," he said.

"Craig pulled me aside before training and said 'you'll be debuting this week,' it was unreal.

"I tried to get my lungs ready during the week.

"My partner was here to watch but the kids couldn't be here, but that's all good.

I'd love to keep playing first grade. Whatever position Craig puts me in, I'll do the job.

Isaac Lumelume

Teammate Justin Olam was singing his praises in the sheds after the game.

"He is very comfortable out there, his carries were very strong. He looks like he belongs in the (first grade) side," Olam said.

"He has been working really hard, so full credit to him.

"He didn't give up even with the Q cup cancelled, I'm very proud of him.

"He worked hard for that spot, so hopefully he can play more NRL games."

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