Smith: Storm drive in 2011 not about the past

Storm captain Cameron Smith says Melbourne will not draw motivation from the disappointment of 2010 to fire them up this season, but rather their desire to be "competitive" every game.

He said everyone at the Storm had put last year's off-field dramas behind them and they were all focused on the 2011 season.

"It's not a motivation at all,' Smith told NRL.com today ahead of his live chat with Storm and rugby league fans online from 9.30am this Wednesday (Jan 26).

"We haven’t spoken about it and I doubt whether it will be used throughout 2011. We’ve all moved on and we just can’t wait for round one against Manly at home.

"Our goal is to be the best team we can possibly be. We’ve never had goals about playing finals or winning premierships, but our expectation has always been to be competitive every time we step on the field.

"Last year was disappointing, but We’re always hungry for success and at this time of the year we’re always keen to get out there and start playing.

"We did some great things for charity last year which gave our season some meaning, but now we’re looking forward to playing for points once again."

Smith, who returned to pre-season training on January 3 after being given an extended break following the 2010 Four Nations series, will answer as many questions as possible during the one hour online discussion this Wednesday.

He will be discussing a range of topics, including Melbourne’s chances of success in 2011, the upcoming All Stars game, the Storm squad and in particular the new arrivals, as well as what sort of game plan the club might adopt for season 2011.

To pre-register for the chat, please click here.