Chambers emerges as new Storm leader
With Melbourne now boasting plenty of promising outside backs one man has emerged as their unofficial leader.
At just 26-years-of-age Will Chambers hardly lays claims to veteran status but amidst this young crop he qualifies for the role well.
Chambers has become the focal point to which the Storm's next generation is turning to.
Marika Koroibete, Kurt Mann, Mahe Fonua and Young Tonumaipea are the 22-year-old brigade breathing new life into Melbourne.
However the quartet have managed just over 100 NRL games between them, meaning the need for guidance certainly exists and their more seasoned-teammate has been the one to provide it.
Both Mann and Tonumaipea told NRL.com prior to the season that they had sought the advice of Chambers throughout the preseason.
Now entering his eighth season for the club, he understands the role of a leader is now one he naturally has to step up and accept.
"I've been around for a little while now and Craig [Bellamy] sort of helps me a little bit with it," Chambers said.
"I just talk and help them where I can, I've been in the Storm system for a while and have had a bit of success here.
"I just know that if I can give them a bit of advice and help them improve as a footballer then I'm doing my job."
Chambers has four tries in six games so far this season and at the weekend provided both assists for Melbourne's tries in a hard fought 14-10 win over the Raiders.
You will be hard pressed to find a better assist all season than his offload-turned-flick pass to Mahe Fonua that helped turn Sunday's contest around.
It was a play well worth the end-of-season highlight reel but one the centre admits was pure instinct.
"It was the last tackle and I knew I couldn't get tackled with it. I just threw in hope basically," Chambers said.
"If it had of gone out it would've been the same as a kick really but lucky enough it hit Mahe on the chest and he got the try so it was a pure instinct thing."
After a sloppy first half that saw Melbourne commit five errors and six penalties they were staring down the barrel with a 2-10 halftime deficit.
However they managed to turn things around with just two errors and no penalties in the second 40 minutes as they put on two game deciding tries in the space of four minutes and managed to hold the lead in clinical fashion.
That second half was the type of football coach Craig Bellamy had demanded from his troops at halftime.
"We just had to get back to completing, holding the ball and playing the footy down their end of the field," Chambers said.
"The first half we started well and then let them dominate field position so we were stuck behind the eight ball. But we got a roll back on and it was enough to get the win."
Melbourne will host the Sydney Roosters at 7.30pm this Saturday night at AAMI Park.