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Storm's final high for tough man Lowe

EVERY snowflake plays its part in a destructive avalanche, every raindrop adds to a terrible flood, and today foot-slogger Jaiman Lowe has his role in the super-slick Melbourne Storm side.

Two years ago, Lowe watched the NRL on the big screen while serving drinks at a sports club in Cairns, next year he'll be down a mine in central Queensland, but today the rugged prop will try to farewell the big time with a premier's ring.

While most in rugby league might hang off the so-called big three of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk, Lowe will quietly play his role in the Storm's big picture.

''[Coach] Craig Bellamy's biggest asset is he gives all of his players a job and it is very simple,'' Lowe said yesterday. "It is just about every individual going out and executing it for the team.

''While [Smith, Cronk and Slater] are very important to us, everyone must do their job for them to do theirs.

''Mine is coming on from off the bench … my job is to bash my head into the opposition's front-rowers. It's tough, but anything for the team.''


Lowe is tattooed with bruises from making the hard yards, but he has appreciated playing with a trio who will be regarded as all-time greats.

''I have a privileged position on game day and also at training," he said. ''I've watched them train and they work harder than anyone I've seen. You can throw the coach in there as well. A lot of it is natural ability but a lot of it is hard work.''

Lowe, who thought his career was over when he played for Cairns in the Queensland Cup after being cut by Souths at the end of 2009, only to be recalled to replace Ben Ross when he broke his neck, said playing in a grand final in his last game was like winning the lottery.

''If you look at what happened to me, having to work in a pub in Cairns only to play in the grand final, it's something special,'' he said.

''I was working at a sports club behind the bar, in the cellar … I enjoyed it. The people I worked with were awesome, but I wanted to get back into the NRL.''

Lowe and his family will head back to Queensland after today's decider. His wife has a job teaching in Moranbah, near Mackay, and he is waiting on a job at the mines.

While he bids farewell to the NRL with treasured memories, Lowe is adamant the ARL Commission has to better reward the code's battlers.

''All the clubs are going to get an injection of cash with the new television rights, but it doesn't add up to think the minimum wage for an athlete in one of the biggest sports in Australia is $50,000,'' he says.