Storm's Koroibete ticks all the boxes

The NRL is full of players who are either powerful, quick, creative or crowd-pleasing. A select few qualify for all of the above.

Just three rounds into the 2015 Telstra Premiership, Marika Koroibete has shown he is one man who can tick all the boxes.

While Storm fans are clutching the edge of their seats every time he touches the football, those at Leichhardt Oval must be wondering why on earth they let him walk out the door.

After the opening two weeks Koroibete ranked third in the competition for all run metres and again showed his worth in Saturday night's 36-18 win over Cronulla.

Marika Koroibete's full player profile

The Fijian international had a team-high 172 metres along with two line breaks, one try and even turned provider with an assist to none other than Cooper Cronk.

It has been a scintillating first three rounds by Koroibete who has averaged 195 meters a game and is a big reason why Melbourne went into the weekend ranked second for kick return metres.

"I've been working a lot on my kick return with the back three and being more involved to help our forwards out," Koroibete told NRL.com.

"It is pretty good to get more runs so I am enjoying it." 

Rewind nine months and this same winger was wasting away in reserve grade for Wests Tigers, unwanted despite scoring 12 tries in his 16 NRL games for the club where he was named its Rookie of the Year in 2012.

A mid-season switch down south breathed new life into Koroibete's fledgling career as he played the final 10 games of 2014, scoring six tries.

The "Fijian Flyer" tag was once linked to fellow countryman Sisa Waqa but with him now plying his trade in the nation's capital Storm fans have been quick to pass the baton onto the 22-year-old.

His imposing 180cm, 93 kilogram frame makes you scratch your head when you realise he is the same age as Kurt Mann, his baby-faced partner on the Storm's left edge.

With Mann being a country boy born and raised in central-west Queensland, the two players could not be from more different worlds. But on the field they have somehow found a way to click.

Young Tonumaipea and Mahe Fonua also fall into the same age bracket, making the future of Melbourne's outside backs an exciting prospect for years to come.

With Monday set to mark exactly nine months since his move to Melbourne, Koroibete understands where the hard work now lies but remains adamant on approaching it with nothing but open arms.

"My goals for the season are to play consistently, do my roles for the team and score more tries if I can," he said.

"I've been working a lot on my defence during pre season. The coaching staff have been helping me a lot and hopefully I can improve, other than that I am happy with what I have been doing."

"I am having a lot of fun, I just need to get more involved and enjoy the game week in and week out."

Melbourne travel to Townsville next week where they will face the winless Cowboys in Monday night football.

Video courtesy of melbournestorm.com.au