Melbourne Storm star Brett Finch looks ahead to World Club Challenge with Leeds Rhinos
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy can pick the brains of Brett Finch ahead of their World Club Challenge clash with Leeds.
Last Updated: 11/12/12 2:22pm
Finch is back at Australian champions Melbourne after spending the past two seasons at Wigan, so he has plenty of inside knowledge on the Rhinos ahead of their showdown at Headingley on February 22
Stand-off Finch admits the Super League Grand Final winners will be tough opponents and told reporters ahead of the Storm's first training session on Monday: "The nucleus of the team has been there for quite a while.
"They have plenty of experienced players who have had plenty of success at that level."
While the Melbourne club's big three of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk were absent and will not re-start training until early January, Finch knows better than most what makes the Yorkshire side tick.
The 31-year-old, who won the 2009 NRL Grand Final with the Storm before the club was stripped of the title for salary cap breaches, has returned to the club on a one-year contract after a stint with Wigan, whom he helped to a 28-18 win over Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
Finch, who intends to see out the rest of his career in Melbourne, said he was offered more financially attractive deals from other NRL clubs but the opportunity to be reunited with Bellamy was too hard to turn down.
"There were a few other offers but I think if I was going to come back from England it was going to be back to Melbourne," Finch said.
"Obviously career-wise there were probably better opportunities at other clubs in terms of the financial situation but I just wanted to be back a part of the club. It's a different role to what I've experienced in the past but I'm just happy to contribute where the club sees fit."