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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Storm impart benchmark, influence: Kearney

    With a host of ex-Melbourne Storm team members on his books, Warriors boss Stephen Kearney says he's not looking to copy their famed methods.

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    Stephen Kearney
    Stephen Kearney

    The contingent of ex-Melbourne Storm players and coaches at the Warriors for the 2018 NRL campaign is only growing - but coach Stephen Kearney says it's more a case of inspiration than imitation.

    An ex-Storm stalwart and assistant himself, Kearney has been joined in Auckland this year by former Melbourne and Brisbane fitness guru Alex Corvo.

    On the playing roster, ex-Melburnians Tohu Harris, Blake Green and Adam Blair have all come in, while Ryan Hoffman has returned to the purple powerhouses.

    Yet, rather than a concerted effort to copy Melbourne's famed club culture and on-field success, Kearney said it was all about positively influencing his current roster to reach for new sporting heights.

    The Storm - led by Kearney's former mentor and supercoach Craig Bellamy - have missed just one NRL finals series since 2003.

    "They're a pretty handy benchmark in terms of how they go about their business, but we're different, we've our own personality," Kearney said.

    "It's about having some good parts that'll go really well here, but we've still got to keep our own identity of who we are and want to be as a footy club.

    "But when you're talking about influence, they're all handy people to have."

    Having lost to the Storm twice in 2017, Kearney's Warriors will face the Victorians in a pre-season match in Rotorua on February 17.

    The match comes just one day after Melbourne's World Club Challenge clash with Leeds, meaning most of their top players won't be present.

    Kearney was happy with his side's pre-season to date, saying their new recruits - including the ex-Storm trio - looked the goods.

    Harris has come directly across the ditch from Melbourne, while Green signs on from Manly and Blair from the Broncos.

    "They've all brought a real competitiveness about them - even now with Anthony (Gelling), who's come onboard and pushed competitiveness," Kearney said.

    "Now they're competing for positions too."


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