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Finch eyes Anzac Day debut for Storm

By Melissa Woods 17/04/2009 03:52:26 PM Comments (0)

New Melbourne recruit Brett Finch has made his first appearance at Storm training and put his hand up for the Storm's NRL clash against the Warriors on Anzac Day.

A shoulder injury will prevent the former NSW State of Origin halfback from lining up against Wests Tigers in their next clash on Monday night but Finch says he is set for round seven at Olympic Park.

"I'll be available for the New Zealand game which is on Anzac Day," said Finch, who split with Parramatta last week.

"I've got a bruised AC, nothing too dramatic but since last week I've been unable to get treatment on it so I thought it would be best to get a good week of treatment on it with the physios here and then should be right for next Saturday."

He completed most of Melbourne's training drills on Friday and said, while initially nervous, had settled in.

"Meeting new guys and a new team, especially a successful team you hope you're going to be welcomed into the club and that's exactly what happened for me.

"It's still a bit like your first day at school but they've made me really comfortable."

Finch is set to fill the troublesome vacant five-eighth role at Melbourne, although rookie James Maloney will again step in against the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.

While he made a name for himself as a halfback, he said he wanted to wear No.6, where he hasn't started since the beginning of last season at the Eels, and was looking forward to playing alongside Storm halfback Cooper Cronk.

"I'm there to give Coop a hand. Obviously he's the dominant ball-player and I'll fit in and work around him.

"We'll sit down over the next few days and work through a few plays and see what he wants from me and see what style Craig (Bellamy) wants me to play.

"At the moment, I'm just soaking as much information in as possible and then will probably expand on it next week."

The Storm attack has been heavily criticised this season but Finch saw no problem.

"I certainly think it's one of the best attacks in the game, with half, hooker, fullback, the most important positions they've probably got three of the best of them in the competition."

Meanwhile, young Storm centre Willie Isa could be sidelined for up to six weeks after undergoing surgery on his hand which was broken while playing for the Central Coast Storm feeder team last weekend.

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