Storm recruit on a mission
Melbourne Storm's Lagi Setu. Photo: Nick Potts
MELBOURNE back-rower Lagi Setu will play his first game of rugby league in more than two years in the Storm's pre-season trial on Saturday night.
Setu spent two years on a Mormon missionary in Britain before joining the Storm on November 1 to resurrect his league career.
The former Dragons and Broncos forward will be used by coach Craig Bellamy in the trial against Queensland Cup side Brisbane Easts, alongside fellow recruits Junior Sa'u and Junior Moors, and Brett Finch.
Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said Setu was ready to test out the 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,'' 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 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."
■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 the shoulder 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,'' coach Michael Maguire said.
Storm trial squad: Auva'a, Blair, Britt, Brittain, Duffie, Finch, Fonua, Garbutt, Glasby, Griffin, Harris, Kennar, Kennedy, Langbridge, Mann, McLean, Moors, Sa'u, Setu, Tonumaipea, Vave, Waqa.