Face of faith ... Lagi Setu on sabbatical in Cardiff. Photo: PA
MELBOURNE back-rower Lagi Setu will play his first game in more than two years in the Storm's pre-season trial on Saturday night.
Setu spent the past two years as a Mormon missionary in Britain before joining the Storm on November 1 to resurrect his football career.
The former St George Illawarra and Brisbane forward will be used by coach Craig Bellamy in Saturday night's trial against Queensland Cup side Brisbane Easts alongside fellow new recruits Junior Sa'u, Junior Moors and Brett Finch.
Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said Setu was ready to test out his lungs after spending most of the pre-season trying to rebuild his body. ''He's had a dramatic change in body shape since the first day he arrived on November 1,'' Ponissi said.
''To be honest, when Craig and I met him in the UK last year, we didn't expect him to look as good as he did. You have to remember this is a guy who spent years training and playing before spending two years doing no physical activity. He's bound to put on some size. He's almost at ideal condition now.
''It's been a big culture shock for him, not only settling into rugby league and the Melbourne Storm, but settling back into life. Considering he spent two years away on his mission, he's adapted really well.''
Elsewhere, South Sydney fans will have to wait until the end of the season to see the entire Burgess clan in action, with Luke Burgess ruled out for six months with a shoulder injury.
Burgess injured himself at training this week and underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair damage to the labrum and capsule in his shoulder. ''This is definitely a setback for Luke but he takes a highly professional approach to his football and we know he will do everything he can to return as early as he can,'' coach Michael Maguire said.
''We have a good team of medical staff and trainers here at Souths and they will make sure that 'Biffa' returns in top shape.
''This development opens up an opportunity for other props to gain a spot in the team for round one.''
Melbourne trial squad: Kirisome Auva'a, Maurice Blair, Dean Britt, Billy Brittain, Matt Duffie, Brett Finch, Mahe Fonua, Mitch Garbutt, Tim Glasby, Slade Griffin, Tohu Harris, Richard Kennar, Rhys Kennedy, Alex Langbridge, Kurt Mann, Jordan McLean, Junior Moors, Junior Sa'u, Lagi Setu, Young Tonumaipea, Siosaia Vave, Sisa Waqa