Green wants to remain in Melbourne
If it were up to Blake Green, the Storm five-eighth will be playing in Melbourne next season.
Green's contract expires at the end of this season, and the 29-year-old said on Tuesday that he hopes to continue playing in a purple jersey beyond 2016.
"Certainly [I would like to remain in Melbourne], it's been a great fit for me," Green said.
"I've learnt a lot off Craig [Bellamy] and Cooper [Cronk], Cameron [Smith] and Billy [Slater] and all the coaching staff, it's been really good and I've really enjoyed my time down here so we'll just see how that progresses in the next few weeks."
Although Green wants to stay in Melbourne he hasn't entered contract negotiations with the Storm just yet, as he's aware that his halves partner in Cooper Cronk is at the top of the list from the Storm's point of view.
"There's someone that's off contract that's a bit more important then me, so when he gets sorted I guess I'll be next in the cue," Green laughed.
Green has been an integral part of the Storm winning ways during the opening 11 rounds of the season, and stated that the consistency has been one of the more positive signs of their 9-2 record.
"It's been a great start to the year for us, we're obviously very happy with how we've performed, especially over the past four or five weeks where we've strung together some really good footy," Green said.
"I suppose the most pleasing thing since the start of the season is that we've been relatively consistent, which is something that Craig always speaks about.
"It's just all about the little one-percenters and we're doing them really well, and if we can continue to do them well it'll go a long way to help us win footy games, so that's the key for us at the moment."
This weekend's match against the Panthers marks the first game that the Storm could be without their origin stars in Smith and Cronk, and Green is fully prepared for a match without the two Queenslanders, although he wishes they'll return in time for Saturday's clash.
"We as a club don’t want to put any pressure on those two guys coming back from origin to get us over the line, so it's important that we generate as much energy as we can and they can come in and just play their role in the team," Green said.
"If they back up that's great, but if they don’t we'll have to deal with that, so it's important for the emerging leaders in the team to lead by their actions and for the young kids to drive the energy and hopefully that's enough for us to get the result.
"I've got no idea [if they'll play]… it would be great to get them back, so fingers crossed."