Green hoping to go out on top
Sunday will mark the 50th and final time Blake Green will run out in a Storm jersey, and the five-eighth believes a win would be the perfect way to end his time in Melbourne.
Green recently signed a two-year deal with the Sea Eagles to end his Melbourne career after two seasons, and he couldn't think of a better way to sign off in Melbourne than with a win on Sunday night.
"It'd be perfect. What a great way to end [my time in Melbourne]. I couldn’t have asked for a better time at the club," Green said.
Despite this being his last game with the Storm, Green hasn’t let that enter his mind and is instead just trying to focus on the task at hand.
"I try not to get caught up in that sort of emotional side of things, I just want to enjoy the week for what it is and just go out there and play the game as we see it," Green said.
"I'll have seven or eight weeks of downtime after this weekend to reflect on my time here."
This will be the 30-year-old's first NRL Grand Final, although Green has had experience on the final weekend of a season before.
Green was victorious for the Wigan Warriors in the 2013 Super League Grand Final in England, and even took out the Harry Sunderland trophy as the best player on the field during the decider.
The experience has given Green a taste of what it's like to play on the biggest stage, but admits it'll be a very different feeling when he runs out this Sunday.
"Obviously it's going to be completely different but I guess it's a fairly big stage over there, you get to play at Old Trafford in a grand final," Green said.
"I won one and lost one so I've got the feeling of both of them. If there's any advice I can give I'll try to offer it but we've got some pretty experienced campaigners here that have more [experience] than me.
"It's just important that we embrace the week and enjoy it as much as we can, it's a special occasion and hopefully we can put in a good performance on Sunday."
With the help of experienced teammate Cooper Cronk, Green has established himself as one of the most consistent players across the league and he and Cronk make up one of the more established halves pairings in the NRL.
Not to be outdone however, Cronulla's halves have also been at the forefront of their success this season, and Green knows they'll be two players the Storm will need to watch on Sunday night, but they can't limit their focus on just James Maloney and Chad Townsend.
"They've been great, Jimmy (James Maloney) was really good on the weekend as he has been all year and Chad [Townsend] has been great for that team on the right side of the field, he's been a really good attacking option for them, so they've got danger all over the park.
"They're a very physical team, very fast and very athletic and they were outstanding on Friday night against the Cowboys, so we'll be up against it."