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Familiar faces won’t faze Storm Saturday night

For the first time since their departure from Melbourne, Storm are preparing to face Premiership Players Felise Kaufusi, Jesse & Kenny Bromwich when the Club travel to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.  

The now Dolphins trio made their mark down in Melbourne during their combined 32 seasons in the purple jersey. 

Kaufusi played 173 games for Storm between 2015-2022, a part of both the Club’s 2017 and 2020 premiership winning teams, alongside his Bromwich teammates. 

Jesse and Kenny, both Storm life members, recorded a combined 511 games for the Victorian team after coming through the Storm under 20s system.  

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Reimis Smith said the reunion won’t change much for him on field once kick-off comes around. 

“It's gonna be weird, I played 2021 and '22 with them, so it's really different,” Smith said.

Smith: "It's a historically beautiful culture"

“It's going to be weird, but it's just game of soon as you cross that white line there's no friends on the field. There's no there's no pat on the back. 

“It's full on but...I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait for the challenge.” 

While only playing for one year alongside the experienced trio, forward Josh King admits the experience will be strange for him but is certain it will be harder for those who grew up with them. 

“I can't imagine people like [Christian Welch], who's been at the Storm for a long time and come through with Jesse and Kenny and Felise,” King shared. 

“It'll be a little bit weird for some of those boys but no, it'll be good to go out there. 
They're all quality players and it'll be good to catch up with them after the game.”

King: "That word 'consistency' is really important"

After an inconsistent last month of results, Storm will be aiming to back up last week’s strong win over the ladder-leading Broncos and the forward battle on Saturday night will go a long way to determining that. 

“It was always going to be a challenge for us losing some of that quality and a lot of experience, a lot of leadership in those three leaving the club last year.” King admitted. 

“We've had a new few phase. I think Eli Katoa, he’s come in and he’s doing a really good job."

Storm are set to kick off against the Dolphins at 7.35pm Saturday night. Watch the clash live on Fox League or Kayo! 

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