Parramatta’s boom five-eighth Daniel Mortimer has revealed to NRL.com that he was unwanted by the Melbourne Storm as a 16-year-old kid from Orange.<br><br>Four years later, Mortimer is hoping to lead the Eels to victory over Melbourne in the Telstra Premiership Grand Final and leave the Storm ruing their missed opportunity.<br><br>“I actually went to a Melbourne Storm camp when I was 16, but they didn’t sign me up,” Mortimer told NRL.com.<br><br>“I don’t know if those boys would remember, but I trained a bit with them and it was great, you know they were my heroes.”<br><br>Mortimer is one of the most famous names in football, and while the Bulldogs are left to ponder how he slipped away, it could be the Storm that pays the ultimate price for missing his potential. <br><br>“I don’t know if they would remember, I was just a little country boy back then,” he said.<br><br>“That was me, but I’m ready to dish it back to them on Sunday.”<br><br>Watch the video above for the complete interview.
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