Former Parramatta centre Ryan Morgan’s name is in the mix for Melbourne selection and he might get a homecoming match on Monday night against his old NRL club.
Morgan was shed by the Eels as part of their salary-cap woes and picked up by the Storm due to their shocking injury toll in the backs.
But with a calf injury ruling out their latest centre Ben Hampton for three weeks, Morgan is a chance to play at Pirtek Stadium.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy said Morgan and Richie Kennar were in contention as well as New Zealand international utility Tohu Harris, who played there in their gripping win last round over North Queensland.
“Richie trained with us through the week and Tohu did a great job for us last week and the other forwards, who have gone into his position when he’s gone to the centres, have done a great job as well. So, we’ll just have a look at a few things at training before we make a decision,” Bellamy said.
Morgan played in the Storm’s feeder team in the Queensland Cup in his first hit-out since moving to Melbourne and Bellamy said, while it would be difficult to get a read on his new player, he would have no qualms putting him in.
Parramatta five-eighth Kieran Foran will make a return after spending the past three weeks in rehabilitation, dealing with personal issues.
Bellamy said that despite his time out of the game, they wouldn’t be sending any extra bodies Foran’s way.
“We know what a wonderful player he is and we won’t be putting any special attention on him,” he said.
The Storm players were rewarded with a couple of extra days’ rest after their one-point win over the champion Cowboys, which elevated them to third on the ladder.
The Eels suffered a heartbreaking two-point loss to South Sydney, which dented their hopes of playing finals given their pending loss of competition points due to salary-cap cheating.
Bellamy said his team were preparing for a battle.
“Parramatta have been through a bit the last few weeks and their equation, after last week, gets a little bit harder so I’m not sure how they’re going to handle that.
“They’ve been a tough team early in the year so we’ll be expecting that.”