Finch hopes for World Club Challenge start
Veteran Melbourne playmaker Brett Finch hopes he can be a lucky charm for the Storm in their World Club Challenge rugby league date with Leeds.
Finch has played in two clashes between the NRL champions and Super League title-holders and won them both.
He's hoping to make it a treble when the Storm face Leeds on February 22.
"I'd love to get a start there," said Finch, who has returned to Melbourne after a two-year stint in the UK with Wigan.
"The atmosphere and occasion; it's a great game to be a part of so if I can be a part of the squad that would be fantastic."
Finch played with the Sydney Roosters in 2003 against St Helens and then 2010 with Melbourne, also against Leeds.
The Storm's pre-season trial against Canberra on Friday night in Geelong will double as a final audition for the 21-man squad.
The NRL champions will fly out of Melbourne on Monday February 11, with only big guns like Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk assured of a plane ticket.
Halfback Cronk will miss the Raiders trial with a back issue which forced his withdrawal from the All-Stars game, giving Finch extra game time in the No.7 role.
Finch blew out the cobwebs in the Storm's pre-season clash with Queensland Cup team Brisbane Easts last Saturday and says the intensity will go up a notch against Canberra, with the bulk of the first grade team in action.
"That's our last hit-out before we play the World Club Challenge," Finch said.
"The majority of the guys will pick themselves for London so there's probably just four or five who will be in the extended squad so fingers crossed I'm one of them."
Finch, who was forced out of Melbourne at the end of 2010 due to salary cap issues, said he was excited to be back in the purple.
He has been signed on a one-year deal as a back-up to Cronk and five-eighth Gareth Widdop.
"There was a long time there I never thought I would be back here playing so it's great to be amongst it again," the 31-year-old said.
"I've got a different role this time but I'm really glad to be back a part of it."
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