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Melbourne Storm eye off long-awaited return home

Melbourne Storm are preparing for life as reigning NRL premiers while Melbourne United are dealing with big expectations after winning their first five games.

Via Roy Ward / The Age.

But both clubs are anxiously awaiting their return home.

Neither club has played in front of fans at AAMI Park or John Cain Arena for over a year due to COVID-19 but their time is fast approaching with United to play Perth Wildcats in their first NBL Cup game at JCA on February 20, while the Storm will host South Sydney to open the NRL season on March 11.

Goulding met with Storm players Felise Kaufusi and Ryan Papenhuyzen on Wednesday and admits holding the NRL’s Provan-Summons Trophy made him want a second NBL title.

“Anytime we see Melbourne teams winning national competitions is great, it makes us want to do it,” Goulding said.

The Australian Boomers guard was in rich form to start this season but as soon as he felt a “pop” in his calf in last Sunday’s win over Perth he knew he would be out.

“It’s part of the job and what’s also part of the job is how you rehab and how you get back,” Goulding said.

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