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Melbourne star Brandon Smith reveals ruthless ploy behind Storm's success

Melbourne interchange forward Brandon Smith has paid tribute to those members of the Storm bubble who won't play in Sunday night's grand final against Penrith.

Players such as halfback Cooper Johns have spent months away from loved ones while only getting minimal playing time, instead spending the season training with little opportunity to impress on the field.

It's those sacrifices that Smith says are behind the club's run to the grand final.

 "The role that they've played, everyone that's not a starter has been really vital," Smith told Radio 4BC's Wide World of Sports.

"The way they've trained against us, they've really put us under pressure. The likes of Cooper Johns leading the second team, it's helped us be the best team we can be. "We've prepped the best we can for every single team.

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