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Melbourne Storm forward Kenny Bromwich.

"We expect the next man up to come in and do the job."

Therein lies the Storm's mantra for success, according to Storm veteran Kenny Bromwich.

On Friday night, as Melbourne attempt to beat the Sharks and reach their third-consecutive grand final, it's expected each player will fit in seamlessly as if they were pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.

"These games are always a little bit faster and really physical. I just want to prepare well and give myself the best chance to play well on Friday night," Bromwich said.

"We've got a lot of experienced boys in our side, who will be helping out a lot of the younger boys with their preparation."

And these 'younger boys' – the likes of Christian Welch, Joe Stimson and Brandon Smith – have all played their part in the Storm's better-than-expected season.

Despite the exits of internationals Cooper Cronk, Tohu Harris, Jordan McLean and Slade Griffin in the off-season, the premiers managed to remain one of the league's powerhouse clubs this year.

When Melbourne were shorn of their Origin stars from June to July, these less-heralded players helped them win six in a row.

Storm v Sharks - Preliminary Final

Bromwich is an ideal person to ask about why the Storm's less-experienced forwards have made such an impression in 2018.

"I've worked with Joe and Christian throughout most of the weeks of every round through the year," he said.

"I think they've done a really good job in the way they've stepped up this year.

"Welchy was a bit unlucky with his injury last year, and the way he's bounced back shows a true indication of how tough and resilient he is.

"Joey is a pretty good player. He's got a good head on him. He's always doing the little things well and preparing well for games."

Centre Will Chambers has ensured his time on the sidelines due to suspension hasn't gone to waste, helping the likes of Justin Olam, Cheyse Blair and Curtis Scott on the finer points of centre play.

"He has been helping a lot in his time off," Bromwich said.

"I think it is pretty good for our centres to be marking up against him while he was out. He is one of the best centres in the game."

After the NRL and international season finishes, there's the prospect of playing for the New Zealand Maori against the Indigenous All-Stars in Melbourne next year, something the younger Bromwich would be interested in being part of.

"I think it will be massive – I'll definitely be keen to represent my heritage there," he said.

 

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