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Melbourne Storm today launched its 2016 season in front of nearly two hundred people at Crown Casino.

The room was abuzz with anticipation as the countdown to Round 1 continues before Storm host the Dragons on March 7.

The entire playing group was presented with their jerseys at the season launch with skipper Cameron Smith and coach Craig Bellamy on hand to preview the season ahead.

“I like to think you will see a fairly enthusiastic, entertaining football side this year,” Smith said.

“We’ve practiced a lot of extra skill-work this year… Craig has allowed us to play with the footy a bit more he’s relaxed a little bit in that sense.

“It’s been quite refreshing for all the guys in this pre-season to actually play a bit of football rather than being overly structured.”

Off the field the Club is also taking steps to better itself in 2016.

Storm CEO Dave Donaghy spoke at the season launch and unveiled the Club’s long-term vision for the future.

“For the wider business we have set about re-defining a vision of purpose and values for our football club,” Donaghy said.

“One that aspires to make Melbourne Storm the best and most respected professional sports organisation in the country.

“For a rugby league club in AFL heartland, taking on Sydney and the rest at their own game, where are proud to have finished in the top 4 in four of the last five years and best of luck to the team again this year.”

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