New recruits storming into form
Craig Bellamy has praised the role of centres Cheyse Blair and Ryan Morgan as both players have played pivotal roles for the Storm in recent weeks.
Blair joined the Storm from Manly at the beginning of the season and Morgan only signed for the club five weeks ago from the Eels, but it's quite clear to Bellamy they've made such a huge impact in such a short space of time.
"Cheyse came here in the offseason and he's had three clubs already, financially it probably wasn't a great deal, but he didn't have too many other places to go," Bellamy said.
"To be quite honest, Cheyse's form in the Queensland Cup probably didn't warrant him a first grade spot, but we just ran out of troops in our outside backs.
"Since then, he just seems to adapt to the higher level of competition and he's been really good in his five games with us."
After Blair made his Storm debut, Morgan was signed only a week later to further add depth in the outside backs department, but he too was thrust into the first grade spotlight quicker then Bellamy had planned.
"Morgs (Ryan Morgan) came here late, and played just one game with our feeder team, and I didn't plan on using him for another month or so, but again we got some more injuries," Bellamy said.
"He hadn't played in over a month for the Eels as well in their feeder team, so certainly his match fitness was underdone, but he was the only centre we had left.
"It's great to see these guys take their opportunity, sometimes you don't know when it's going to come, and they've accepted it with open hands and they've done a tremendous job for us at the moment and hopefully they can keep it up."
In preparation for their game against the Dragons on Saturday, the Storm will spend the week in Kiama, just half an hour out of Wollongong.
"It's just a little thing we do each year to give the players a little bit of a break from returning to Melbourne," Bellamy said.
"Usually we do it when the Origin players are away because they're in camp, so as it's generally mid-year we think it's a good time to give the players a break.
"The boys get a little bit more time to themselves which hopefully freshens them up a little bit, but also try to tighten the group up a little as well."
The Storm will be without Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk for the first time this season as the pair are away on Origin duty, as Kenny Bromwich and Tohu Harris have stepped up into the positions of hooker and five-eighth respectively.
While both players are more than capable of stepping up in the absence of the Queenslanders, Bellamy believes that the side will need to revert back to a simpler game plan to get the job done this week.
"We try not to go back to anything more this week, we try to keep it as simple as we can," Bellamy said.
"Obviously with a couple of players playing in different positions and a couple new players in the team we'll have to tweak things a little bit to suit their strengths."