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From water boy to the best centre in the NRL: The making of Justin Olam

via George Clarke

“I just want people to live a good life. I want the corruption to stop,” says Melbourne Storm centre Justin Olam.

That’s not a usual topic of conversation in an interview with a rugby league player.

Then again Olam isn’t your conventional rugby league player.

Little, if anything at all, about Olam’s journey to this point has been conventional.

There was no SG Ball highlights reel, he didn’t have an agent when he arrived in Australia, and his only scheduled fixture in his homeland of Papua New Guinea before the age of 18 involved one village sending a letter to another asking for a game two weeks in advance.

Now, though, as he prepares to face Penrith in a grand final rematch this week, the 27-year-old is being talked up as the best centre in the NRL, just 62 games into his career.

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