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Tim Glasby breaks a couple of would-be tackles against the Warriors.

Every NRL club needs a Tim Glasby.

Your no fuss, workman-like, team-orientated kind of guy.

Sitting down to chat with him you instantly get that impression, "Whatever they need I'll do it," he says as he sports a busted lip from the weekend's win over Parramatta.

Despite coming off the bench for much of the season, Glasby's effectiveness once on the park has been up there with the best of them.

His average of 9.4 metres per run is only fractionally behind premiere big man and Storm teammate Jesse Bromwich (9.6).

Glasby was rewarded with a rare starting role against the Eels in Round 9, stepping in for the injured Jordan McLean. He amassed 78 metres from just 36 minutes.

With McLean ruled out for at least another week with a troublesome hamstring, Glasby has been handed the No.10 jersey for Saturday night's blockbuster against the Rabbitohs.

When asked about whether he would be looking to make that starting role his own he was typically team-orientated.

"Obviously you want to be playing as much as you can, you'd like having Macca in the team but I was happy to step in there and do whatever I could as a front rower," Glasby told 

"It is not something I am overly used to as a front rower but I was definitely happy to jump in there and do what I could."

Now in his third season with Melbourne and approaching 30 NRL games, Glasby is looking to take the next critical step as a first-grader.

But in a testament to his character, the 26-year-old is unfazed by how many minutes he plays, instead remaining keen to learn off the quality players who surround him.

"You look at the starting blokes like Kevy Proctor and Tohu [Harris], two Kiwi internationals and you've got Jesse [Bromwich] who is also a Kiwi international and probably the best front rower in the game and Macca is doing a great job up front," Glasby said.

"I can't really complain about who I'm behind there but I'm happy to just do what I need to do, be it off the bench or starting.

"We all work pretty closely together and I do a lot of work on Kevy's side so I've always watched Kevy my first couple of years here and Hoffy [Ryan Hoffman] when he was here. Doing some video work, watching them at training and really trying to absorb as much as I could.

"We really focus on our role as a pack and it does create opportunities for the outside backs if we are doing our job so we look at that and try to help as much as we can."

Last season bigger sides like the Roosters and Bulldogs managed to outmuscle Melbourne, making size a big area to address as the club looks to record its first finals win since 2013.

With an extra year of experience under their belt, Glasby and co now rank in the top five in the NRL this season for metres gained.

That improvement has been much appreciated by not only the outside backs but the Storm's pivotal playmakers.

"It's been a lot different, I've certainly had a lot of opportunities as a dummy half to run the ball more," Melbourne captain Cameron Smith said.

"It was a point I did raise with the coaches and the recruiting staff over the last 18 months, the way the game is going, the teams that have been dominating the competition all have big forward packs.

"Thankfully the coaches and the recruitment staff have gone out at recruited bigger guys."

He may be comfortable in Melbourne now, but less than a year ago the Townsville-born Glasby was all but a certainty to return home after signing a two-year deal with the Cowboys.

However a change in personal circumstances saw the tireless utility granted a compassionate release by North Queensland and signed for a further two years in the southern state.

Now with his near-future secure Glasby could not be happier to be wearing purple.

"It was hard to leave Melbourne in the first place to make that decision, some personal things came up and I opted to stay," he said.

"We are absolutely happy to stay in Melbourne, we love the city, love the club, they are a great bunch of blokes and I'm really happy that we stayed."

You'd have to think his teammates and Storm fans would be inclined to agree.

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