The Storm have a history of being able to keep players long term. And when I say “players” I mean 3 particular players. This season it will see a turnover of personnel which could be the difference in going one step further than last year.
While technically not a change in personnel, this season we will see the return of Billy Slater to the fullback position. With Cameron Munster showing he is more than capable at filling the role at fullback, there may be some Storms fans hoping Billy’s previously injured shoulder explodes into flames upon first contact so Munster can resume the role. Others would love to see a fairytale finish for Billy, with him returning to the form which saw most of NSW develop a deep seeded hate for him. Perhaps an obligatory last season on the wing before retirement will be all he gets.
The loss of Proctor will also be huge for the Storm. The Grug lookalike has been punching holes through team’s goal line defenses like the hole punch used to bind the 2010 salary cap audit. First reports have Kenny Bromwich getting the first chance to fill the role. If he fails to fire, they may have to look at the rest of the Bromwich family to fill the gap. If any of them have weird hair, that will just increase their chances at getting a game.
A big attacking gap will be left by Koroibete moving on to play Union. Marika was not only the fastest man at the Storm, but also on the planet. Bellamy needed a solution to losing Marika and asked recruiters to bring him the second fastest man on the planet. They got him Addo-Carr. What little I have seen of Addo-Carr, he has plenty of potential and has fair bit of speed. He won’t be breaking the minds of physicist by moving faster than light like Koroibete, but he will run in more than a few tries using his pace to light up Storms premiership aspirations.
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