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Folau covets perfect Storm career

By Todd Balym 28/09/2008 03:45:22 PM Comments (0)

Some footballers play their entire careers and never reach a grand final. Others like Israel Folau know no different.

The Melbourne centre will attempt to complete two memorable seasons at the Storm with a second premiership in next week's decider against Manly.

Brisbane bound next season, Folau says he is determined to not only complete the perfect Victorian adventure but also send other teammates Matt Geyer (retiring), Jeremy Smith (St George Illawarra) and Michael Crocker (Hull FC) out winners.

"It would mean a lot to me. I just want to leave on a good note especially with a few players leaving the club," said Folau.

"I want to try and make it as special as I can with those guys and with Matty Geyer retiring at the end of the year.

"It's been talked about a little bit but everyone knows that and we're a tight bunch here and we will go out and play for each other.

"It is unreal for me (to play in two grand finals in as many years). I think I have to thank my teammates for that.

"It's been a good year for us and we just have to try and get ready for next week."

The 19-year-old Queensland and Test star was a sensation in his 2007 rookie season to be the club's leading tryscorer and become the youngest Australian representative.

But 2008 has been somewhat of a battle as the powerful teenager became more an opposition target and his contract negotiations between the Broncos and Storm took their toll.

Defensively he was caught out against the New Zealand Warriors in the shock loss two weeks ago but he has rebounded with two superb games against Brisbane and Cronulla to regain his confidence ahead of the decider.

Although he has already played in one grand final, two Tests and three State of Origins, Folau says he will be nervous ahead of his final game for the Storm.

"The grand final is the biggest game and there will always be nerves there and I'm looking forward to it," he said.

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