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Champion hopes to end Storm stint on high

Melissa Woods 16/09/2011 03:51:00 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne centre Beau Champion hopes his rollercoaster ride at the Storm ends on a high.

Champion joins NRL wooden-spooners Gold Coast next season, but before then he wants to play in his first ever NRL grand final, with Melbourne just one win away as they host the preliminary final on Saturday.

It's been a bumpy season for the 24-year-old.

Champion landed at the Storm when he was off-loaded by South Sydney just prior to the start of this season to make room there for former Melbourne Test star Greg Inglis.

His early-season form was impressive and Champion was rewarded with selection in the City Origin side, but dislocated his shoulder playing in that match in early May.

Champion's timing was also poor because just prior to the injury, he announced he would join the Titans after only one season in Melbourne.

Despite coach Craig Bellamy's assurances that his future wouldn't affect selection, Champion found it difficult to force his way back into a winning Storm line-up.

However with injury to Maurice Blair, Champion started in Melbourne's qualifying final win over Newcastle and looked like he was getting back to his dangerous best as the Storm chalked up an 18-8 victory.

"It's been an up and down season for myself so far," Champion said.

"It's been good to get out there and contribute.

"My form's been up and down but it's good to string some games together and build on my form."

Champion said his decision to leave the Storm was based on his desire to be closer to his family, many which are based in northern NSW.

He said he feels a lot more settled in the Victorian capital than early in the season, when homesickness took its toll.

"The first three months were really, really hard but the last month or two has got better.

"The staff and players have been really supportive.

"It's been a good learning curve I've learnt a lot about myself as a person.

"I've gained a lot of experience so I'm really glad I took the risk."

Despite leaving the minor premiers and possible champions for the worst-performing club in the competition, he says it's the right move.

"I've been happy with all the decisions I've made, I don't regret anything," he said.

"My whole goal in coming to Melbourne was to play alongside top quality players and try and do well and I think I've done that.

"Next year's next year and I'll worry about that then; I just want to finish the job that I took the sacrifice to come here to do."

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