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Storm go back to roots

Melbourne Storm players and staff went back to their roots on Thursday with the Club's annual Junior Club Jersey day.

Paying tribute to where they came from and the start of their rugby league journey, players temporarily swapped their Storm training kit for the colours of their respective junior clubs as they took to Gosch's Paddock.

A diverse range of junior clubs were represented across the Storm playing group, with Queensland clubs (14) narrowly leading the way ahead of junior clubs from New South Wales (13). There were six New Zealand clubs represented by the Club's proud Kiwi contingent while Justin Olam donned the colours of Unitech Spartans from Papua New Guinea and Tui Kamikamica represented QVS Knights from Fiji.

2 home-grown NRL Victoria clubs were also on show, with Dean Ieremia wearing the Sunbury Tigers jersey and Su'a Fa'alogo showcasing the famous blue and gold of the Northern Thunder.

The initiative, now a tradition at the Club comes in Storm's annual Parent's Weekend where a number of players parents will travel to Melbourne to watch Storm take on St.George Illawarra at home on Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne Storm Squad - Junior Clubs
Nelson Asofa-Solomona - Upper Hutt Tigers, NZ
Jesse Bromwich - Manurewa Marlins, NZ
Kenny Bromwich - Manurewa Marlins, NZ
Xavier Coates - Currumbin Eagles, QLD
Tom Eisenhuth - Lower Mountain Eagles, NSW
Harry Grant - Yeppoon Seagulls, QLD
Jordan Grant - St Clair Comets, NSW
Jack Howarth - Rockhampton Tigers, QLD
Jahrome Hughes - Currumbin Eagles, QLD
Dean Ieremia - Sunbury Tigers, VIC
George Jennings - Western City Tigers, NSW
Cooper Johns - Narraweena Hawks, NSW
Tui Kamikamica - QVS Knights, Fiji
Felise Kaufusi - Bundaberg Brothers, QLD
Josh King - Singleton Greyhounds, NSW
Chris Lewis - Ashford Roosters, NSW
Trent Loiero - Kawana Dolphins, QLD
Nick Meaney - Ballina Seagulls, NSW
Tepai Moeroa - Seven Hill Demons, NSW
Cameron Munster - Norths Knights, QLD
Jayden Nikorima - Aspley Devils, QLD
Ryan Papenhuyzen - Dundas Shamrocks, NSW
Jonah Pezet - Valentine Devils, NSW
Justin Olam - Unitech Spartans, PNG
Brandon Smith - Waiheke Rams, NZ
Reimis Smith - Mascot Juniors, NSW
Will Warbrick - Ngongotaha Chiefs RLC, NZ
Christian Welch - Villanova College, QLD
Tyran Wishart - Gerringong Lions, NSW

Cole Geyer - Currumbin Eagles, QLD
Bronson Garlick - South Eastern Seagulls, NSW
Marion Seve - Ipswich Brothers, QLD

Lodoviko Cokanauto - Norths Devils, QLD
Su'a Fa'alogo - Northern Thunder, VIC
Alec Macdonald - Ormeau Shearers, QLD

Ammaron Gudgeon - College Old Boys, NZ
Seamus King-Smith - Central Cape Suns, QLD

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.