The final time Harry Grant lined up in opposition to Damien Prepare dinner the veteran South Sydney hooker took time after the match to present the teen some pleasant phrases of recommendation.
However after Grant steered Queensland’s State of Origin workforce to a collection win over Prepare dinner’s NSW in a game-breaking efficiency, he is probably not so forthcoming on Thursday night time when Melbourne and the Rabbitohs meet at Stadium Australia.
An injured Grant missed their spherical one assembly – when the Storm inflicted Souths’ solely lack of the season.
They squared off final yr when Grant was on mortgage to the Wests Tigers.
“He was nice final yr – the factor I preferred about Damien was that simply having a chat with him after the sport, he was so pleasant,” Grant mentioned on Monday.
“He had a bit of recommendation and we had a chat about footy and life.”
Grant mentioned he’d lengthy admired Prepare dinner, and whereas he could not match the electrical No.9 for velocity out of dummy-half, tried to take different options of Prepare dinner’s sport to make use of as his personal.
“He is loads faster than me – so far as a working dummy-half he is positively the very best within the sport,” Grant mentioned.
“I’ve acquired to alter a couple of issues round my sport – I am unable to base it solely off what he does – however I can take components and construct on it.
“I am not attempting to compete in opposition to Damien, I am simply attempting to contribute to the workforce however he is such a weapon for them he will definitely characteristic in plenty of our critiques this week.”
A goal for the Sharks forwards final Friday, Grant dislocated his pinky finger within the 40-14 win however mentioned it was an harm he had suffered earlier than and will handle.
The match was the 23-year-old’s first begin at hooker for the Storm, though he’d worn the No.9 jumper throughout his mortgage season with Wests Tigers final yr.
He completed with three attempt assists to proceed his spectacular season.
However Storm coach Craig Bellamy mentioned after the sport his selection of beginning hooker, between Grant and Brandon Smith, could be per week by week proposition.
“I am a bit used to coming into the sport when the sting is taken out of the sport a bit bit and Brandon’s (Smith) performed all of the robust stuff,” Grant mentioned.
“It was positively totally different however I’ve pulled up fairly good.”
Melbourne are hopeful of getting big prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona and winger George Jennings out there (each concussion) whereas star fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen (shoulder) is not any certainty to play.