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Turner hoping for happy Storm ending

By Melissa Woods 02/10/2009 06:37:11 PM Comments (0)

Most fairytales have a happy ending but, win or lose Sunday's NRL grand final against Parramatta, Melbourne winger Steve Turner says that best describes his career with the Storm.

"To go out in the last game for the club in a grand final is a dream come true," said Turner, who will play with the Bulldogs next year.

"It's a new chapter for me next year but there's still one more page in this chapter for me here at the Storm and hopefully we can get that result."

Injuries aside, Turner has enjoyed an enchanted time with Melbourne, the grand final against Parramatta his fourth - and he's only 24.

"Playing in four grand finals is just an awesome," said the popular winger.

"A lot of blokes miss out or only get the opportunity to play in one, to play in four when I'm still only 24 is an amazing feeling."

Squeezed out by the salary cap, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy described Turner's departure as like losing a son.

He and the club went into battle for Turner when he reneged on a deal to join Gold Coast in 2006, with the parties reaching agreement that allowed the Penrith junior to play another three years to chalk up 104 NRL games in the purple and score 59 tries.

"It was a tough time for me three years ago and to the club's credit and the Gold Coast's credit they were both able to sort something out and get something done because I've really enjoyed the last three years and had some wonderful times."

Turner said he would do his best to keep a lid on the emotion of playing his last game for the Storm and concentrate on helping younger, inexperienced members of the side who were grand final rookies.

"Now it really is my last game I've got to not dwell on the sad emotions and saying goodbye to the team, the club and the fans, but to embrace this week and look at the positives.

"The positives of this week are playing in a grand final and experiencing the week and lending a hand to the younger blokes who haven't been there before."

He knows what it's like to win the grand final and also what it's like to lose, after last year's humiliating 40-0 loss to Manly.

"We all have the burning desire to do something special this year because last year we didn't get the result we wanted and it was a very notable scoreline, we didn't play our best.

"We're not using any of that as motivation but deep inside we know what it was like last year to lose and the year before to win."

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