Melbourne Storm duo Cameron Smith and Billy Slater holding the premiership trophy.

Storm's current players dominate 20-year team

The 2018 Melbourne Storm squad has dominated their 20-year team with seven current players making the cut while pioneering stars Brett Kimmorley and Scott Hill missed the cut and club stalwart Matt Geyer was surprisingly relegated to the bench. 

Billy Slater, Will Chambers, Suliasi Vunivalu, Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Jessie Bromwich and Ryan Hoffman were included, with only Hoffman not playing in the Storm's 2017 premiership-winning team.

Greg Inglis edged out Hill at five-eighth and Cronk got the nod over Brett Kimmorley in two changes from the club's team of the decade in 2008.

Dallas Johnson took the lock role while Michael Crocker also got a spot on the bench.

The team also featured 1999 premiership winners Marcus Bai, Glenn Lazarus, Matt Geyer, Stephen Kearney and Tawera Nikau. Craig Bellamy was named as coach.

Storm stalwart Matt Geyer with a young Greg Inglis in 2007.
Storm stalwart Matt Geyer with a young Greg Inglis in 2007.

A six-person selection committee of Bellamy, CEO Dave Donaghy, football director Frank Ponissi, club founder John Ribot, inaugural assistant coach Greg Brentnall and Fairfax Media journalist Roy Masters chose the team based on four key criteria. 

This included their achievements on and off the field, legacy, success/premierships and accomplishments at the Storm.

The Storm's 20-year team

1. Billy Slater: 299 Storm games (2003-present), 183 tries, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017 Grand Final winner

2. Marcus Bai: 144 Storm games (1998-2003), 70 tries, 1999 Grand Final winner

3. Will Chambers: 172 Storm games (2007-09, 2012-2017), 72 tries, 2009, 2012 and 2017 Grand Final winner

4. Matt King: 91 Storm games (2003-07), 60 tries, 2007 Grand Final winner

5. Suliasi Vunivalu: 47 Storm games (2016-present), 46 tries, 2017 Grand Final winner

6. Greg Inglis: 117 Storm games (2005-10), 78 tries, 2007, 2009 Grand Final winner

7. Cooper Cronk: 323 Storm games (2004-2017), 92 tries, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017 Grand Final winner

8. Jesse Bromwich: 182 Storm games (2010-present), 23 tries, 2012, 2017 Grand Final winner

9. Cameron Smith: 358 Storm games (2002-present), 42 tries, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017 Grand Final winner

10. Glenn Lazarus: 44 Storm games (1998-99), 2 tries, 1999 Grand Final winner

11. Stephen Kearney: 139 Storm games (1999-2004), 20 tries, 1999 Grand Final winner

12. Ryan Hoffman: 245 Storm games (2003-2011, 2012-2014, 2018), 59 tries, 2007, 2009, 2012 Grand Final winner

13. Dallas Johnson: 157 Storm games (2003-09), 12 tries, 2007, 2009 Grand Final winner

14. Matt Geyer: 262 Storm games (1998-2008), 113 tries, 1999, 2007 Grand Final winner

15. Tawera Nikau: 53 Storm games (1998-99), 8 tries, 1999 Grand Final winner

16. Robbie Kearns: 169 Storm games (1998-2005), 18 tries

17. Michael Crocker: 44 Storm games (2006-2008), 7 tries, 2007 Grand Final winner