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Finch eyeing off Storm move

By Steve Jancetic 13/04/2009 06:42:21 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta discard Brett Finch could have a new NRL home as early as Tuesday, with Melbourne firming as his most likely destination.

Just a week after he was released by the struggling Eels when he was told he was no longer in coach Daniel Anderson's plans, Finch is believed to be eyeing off a move to the Storm as a solution to the club's five-eighth woes.

Finch returned to Sydney on Monday after spending the weekend in Victoria, but it was the waves at Bells Beach and not the Storm's training facilities that were the centre of the former NSW Origin playmaker's attention.

But a permanent move south is looking more and more likely, with a start in Monday night's clash with Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval not out of the question.

It is believed the deal would only be for the remainder of this season, with a more permanent deal - possibly in England - to be sorted out over the coming weeks.

"He came back this afternoon and I caught up with him for a little while, but it'll probably be another 24-48 hours until we really know what is happening," manager Steve Gillis told AAP.

"We're definitely looking at the NRL, but nothing's done yet."

Finch became the fall guy for Parramatta's slow start to the season, though things didn't seem to improve too much in his absence with the Eels going down to St George Illawarra 22-8 on Friday night.

A move to the Storm would allow Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy to switch Greg Inglis back to his preferred centre position, the same position from which he has dominated at NRL, Origin and Test level.

It would also see skipper Cameron Smith return to being a fulltime hooker, Smith having shared the five-eighth role with Inglis over Melbourne's indifferent start to the season.

Bellamy was set to start the season with Inglis at five-eighth until new recruit and former Bulldog Arana Taumata was shown the door during the pre-season following an off-field incident.

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