Ben Hampton had chances to leave Melbourne but believes he has unfinished business with the Storm and will be looking to cement the No.6 jersey.
A powerful 24-4 win has sent the Rabbitohs through to the finals as the first team to win all three of their pool games.
The Storm easily accounted for Penrith to earn on Saturday their first win of the Auckland Nines weekend with a 20-4 victory.
Reigning champions North Queensland have come out firing in the 2015 Auckland Nines, thumping Melbourne 17-8 in their opening pool match.
At the Melbourne Storm it's all about the 'Big Three' – Smith, Cronk, Slater – plus boom Kiwis prop Jesse Bromwich and a new recruit who could be great value.
A desire to play longer minutes and earn a starting spot were behind Dale Finucane's off-season move south from the Bulldogs to the Storm.
The Melbourne Storm have signed promising Bulldogs second-rower Dale Finucane on a three-year deal.
He's still the first-choice fullback for the Kangaroos, but is Billy Slater on the wane?
North Queensland and Australian Test star Johnathan Thurston is on the short list to become the first rugby league player win three Golden Boot awards.
With season 2014 done and dusted, we look ahead to 16 promising rookies from across the NRL heading into 2015.