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'Happiest I've ever been': Papenhuyzen opens up on his ‘big journey’ back

Ryan Papenhuyzen has made a heartwarming admission ahead of his return to the field with the Storm superstar admitting: “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”

All eyes will be on Papenhuyzen when he runs out for the Storm in their pre-season trial against the Bulldogs on Thursday night.

It will be his first game since breaking his ankle in week one of the finals and just his fourth game in 19 months after a well-documented knee injury sidelined him for the end of the 2022 season and most of 2023.

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