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BRETT FINCH says he has nothing left to prove in Australia, which is why he turned down offers from rival clubs to take on a back-up role with the Melbourne Storm.
With Gareth Widdop and Cooper Cronk established in the halves, there is limited opportunity for Finch at the club.
The 31-year-old is resigned to spending large parts of the season on the bench and in the NSW Cup, but he has no qualms about that.
''This is my 15th year and I've played 250 games here as well as 60 games overseas,'' Finch said.
''I don't have to come back and prove anything to anyone. I know there's probably times I'll have to play NSW Cup, but that won't bother me one bit. If ever I'm needed to fill in, I know I can do a job.
''Another reason I chose Melbourne was because I want to win. Every year they are there or thereabouts. I'm happy to fill this role with this club and provide the back-up and depth.''
When Billy Slater injured his knee in last year's second State of Origin match, the club's depth in the halves was put to the test after Widdop moved to fullback to cover for Slater.
Craig Bellamy used Maurice Blair and Rory Kostjasyn as his temporary playmakers, but it became evident the club needed to bolster their depth in the No.6 and No.7 positions.
That is when Bellamy sounded out Finch about a possible return to the club, albeit aware the veteran pivot had opportunities to start at other interested clubs.
''I always kept in touch with everyone back here during my time away to see how things were going,'' Finch said. ''I'm very close to a lot of the guys. When Billy got injured, Craig felt he had a lack of depth there in the halves and asked if I was interested in helping fill that role.
''They didn't think I would take it because I probably could've started at any other club. There was a bit of interest there, mainly from England, but I always wanted to come back to Melbourne to finish my playing career and life after football as well.''
Finch played his first game for the club this season in Saturday night's trial match against Queensland Cup side Brisbane Easts in Melbourne.
He was used at halfback and at hooker, although it's unlikely he'll be used as an interchange hooker given the fact Cameron Smith will play 80 minutes in most matches.
But Finch said there would be occasions when he would fill the unfamiliar hooker role, especially during the Origin period.
''Smithy is an 80-minute player but there will be situations during the year when Craig will want to give him a rest towards the end of games if the result is wrapped up,'' Finch said.
''Hinchy [Ryan Hinchcliffe] or myself can play there. Smithy has a massive workload with Tests and Origin. In the big games, you want him on the field for the full 80 but there's times in the year you can rest him with 20 minutes to go.''