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The chance Griffin was ready for

Slade Griffin knows all about waiting for his opportunity and during this Origin period he showed he was ready to take it.

Significant injuries over the years mean that patience is a well-rehearsed skill for Griffin.

In 2017 though he has been given the reward he deserves.

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Griffin has played five of the last six games for Storm, helping to steer the side to victory in three of those.

The 26-year-old slotted straight into the hooker position, a difficult task for a man who had played there just once in the NRL since 2013.

However it was a chance Griffin was ready for.

“Some of the boys had been waiting for this moment since pre-season,” Griffin said.

“It has been good to get some games over the Origin, our emerging leader group really wanted to target this part of the season and put in some good performances both individually and as a team.

“I think we’ve done that, we’ve had a pretty good record over this period, we had that gam against the Roosters which would have been nice to win… we’ve kept the ball rolling a bit.”

Rolling they certainly have.

Storm have the bye this week but will emerge out of the Origin period still a game clear in top spot on the NRL ladder.

That is a testament to how well the youngsters have performed in the absence of the Club’s Origin stars.

Cameron Smith will return to the No.9 for next week’s clash against the Raiders however there are more strings to Griffin’s bow.

He has spent a significant amount of time in the forwards, playing as a lock for feeder side Easts Tigers.

It is in that role that Griffin hopes to strive for, coming off the bench for Melbourne later in the year.

“I usually split my minutes up there (at Easts),” Griffin said.

“The roll is exactly the same in defence so I am used to that. In attack you get to run the ball a bit more which would be fun.

“If Craig asked me to do that I would love to.”