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Marc Brentnall on life in the hub

NRL Assistant Coach Marc Brentnall would never boast about it himself but (alongside Aaron Bellamy and Billy Slater) he's largely responsible for our transformation into the league's most potent attacking side.

A foundation staff member and former Storm ball boy and junior, Brentnall oversees the team's attack - which has been going pretty well this year.

"Those three (Brentnall, Bellamy and Slater) deserve the accolades, especially for the way that our back three and our edges attack," GM of football Frank Ponissi said earlier this year.

"All of last season we just continually adapted and made changes according to the rules."

Brentnall - or MB as he's known around the club - played halfback for Norths Devils in the Q Cup before joining our coaching ranks in 2013.

His father Greg is a former Bulldogs, Blues and Kangaroos fullback.

When asked about his season 2021 highlight so far, MB didn't land on the incredible 19 consecutive wins since round three or the all-time record for points scored in a home and away season.

Getting to play at AAMI Park in front of fans, family and friends early in the year was the highlight for me.

Marc Brentnall

"We haven’t been able to do it very often in the last two years so those games early in the season were great."

Brentnall has spent months away from home this year and has been separated from his young family since mid-July.

"They didn’t come with us this time which is really difficult," he explained.

"They did the two-week quarantine earlier in the year when we had to stay at Twin Waters but this time we only had a couple of hours to pack up.

"Hayley was at work when we found out the news so we couldn’t organise it quick enough.

"The club is trying to get them up here again but they will need to do another two-week hotel quarantine which is very tough with three young kids... fingers crossed they will join us in the next few weeks."

Brentnall has a proven method for switching into relax mode, even in a 24/7 footy environment.

"Beers and country music!" 

"I also spend a lot of time on FaceTime to Hayley and the kids and spend some time down at the beach and hanging out with my roomies Az and Hinch."

As for the most satisfying part of his job as a coach?

"For me it’s that feeling when we're celebrating in the change rooms with the group after a win."

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