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In a series analysing who will line up in each position for all 16 teams in the opening round of the Telstra Premiership in 2020, looks at minor premiers the Melbourne Storm. says: The departures of Will Chambers and Curtis Scott leave the centre stocks thin, with Marion Seve the obvious choice to partner Justin Olam. Christian Welch won't be back for round one after a knee reconstruction with Tom Eisenhuth or Albert Vete most likely to fill the last bench spot. Cooper Johns will push for a halves spot as the season goes on. 

Brandon Smith suffered a facial fracture during his Man of the Match performance for the Maori All Stars in February. Highly-rated young rake Harry Grant is a capable replacement on the bench.

Jamie Soward says: I don't think it will happen but I'd love to see Cameron Smith go to halfback. He already runs the team and they've been lacking a dominant No.7 since Cooper Cronk left.

That has the advantage of managing his workrate as well as giving Kiwi Test hooker Brandon Smith a chance to start and opens the way for Harry Grant to come in on the bench. That means Jahrome Hughes misses out for me while I also think young Cooper Johns could earn a chance in the halves as the season goes on.