Storm's simple focus for NRL decider
The great Jack Gibson famously used the approach of "winning starts on Monday" and the Melbourne Storm are using the same philosophy in their preparation ahead of the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy equalled Gibson's mark of 394 first-grade games on Friday night and his players are preparing in a way that would please the legendary coach.
Building up to the biggest game on the NRL calendar, Melbourne utility Kenny Bromwich said his focus started straight after the game and left nothing to chance.
"My preparation starts after the game the week before," Bromwich said.
"If I do that, then I'm ready."
Prop Jordan McLean also tries to keep things simple and said he took a relaxed approach into grand final week.
"I'm trying to keep it as normal as possible," McLean said.
"Obviously there is I suppose more media and more hype – it's a massive game, no doubt about that.
"I'm not going to try out and go out there and doing anything special, just going to worry about my job and I'm sure the fellow beside me will do his job."
McLean will join grand final opponents North Queensland for the 2018 season but is keen to do his job for the Storm one last time.
"I suppose everyone's probably surprised how well they've done," he said of the Cowboys.
"They've been building a lot of momentum and they've been flying the last couple of weeks, I'm sure we've got a big job ahead of us.
"We've worked really hard this year and worked our way in a very good position, so it's one more game for us.
"We've just got to train really well this week and do our best on Sunday."