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I'm not leaving Storm, insists Lima

By Melissa Woods 28/09/2009 03:05:44 PM Comments (0)

Several Melbourne players will have their last game in a Storm jersey in Sunday's NRL grand final but prop Jeff Lima is adamant he's not one of them.

The 27-year-old New Zealand international has been linked with a move to Wests Tigers, which would ease the pressure on the Storm's salary cap.

However Lima said on Monday he was staying put and got a laugh out of the story when he read it in a magazine last week.

"I don't know where you've got that from, I've got two more years with the club," Lima said.

"That's the first I've heard of it, when I saw it in Rugby League Week last week and I thought it was pretty funny."

Lima, the club's joker, left a few journalists scratching their heads at the Storm's media open day on Monday when he switched identities with fellow prop Adam Blair and he also jested Blair may be responsible for his rumoured departure.

"It was probably Adam who said something stupid to the media about it," Lima said.

Plucked from the relative obscurity of rugby league in France in 2006, Lima will be lining up for his third grand final with the Storm.

He said that the Melbourne coaching staff, led by Craig Bellamy, had the a rare ability to create stars from average players.

"The coaching staff seem to teach us things that turn stars into superstars and part-timers into stars.

"When I first came to Melbourne I didn't know what was going on," he said.

"I thought I was playing good football but it obviously wasn't good enough.

"They sat me down and told me the things I need to improve to be a better player and a better person.

"You've just got to listen to what they say and work hard and it pays off."

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