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Matt Grieve spent part of the summer training with Storm’s NRL squad.

This summer Matt Grieve got a taste of what it would be like to live his dream and now that experience is proving to be his motivation for 2016.

The Sunshine Coast Falcon spent four weeks training with Storm during pre-season and got to pull on the purple jersey in trials against Wests Tigers and Canterbury.

Grieve admits he was thrown in the deep end over the summer but was able to land smoothly thanks to a warm Melbourne welcome.

“It was a very tough experience but I enjoyed it,” Grieve said.

“I fitted in pretty quick which was pretty unusual, someone just randomly getting thrown in there and getting along with everyone so well.

“I think it is probably more the culture at Melbourne. Everyone is keen to help a new guy fit in and get down to business at training.”

When asked who helped him adjust to his new environment, Grieve points out that a fellow outside back was only too happy to offer a helping hand.

“From the beginning it was probably Billy, Billy Slater took the time to let me know what the plays are, what’s going on,” Grieve said.

“I just had a few chats to him, I think definitely in my mind I tried to connect with him a little bit, just to try and get as many tips off him as I could.”

Grieve’s pre-season program culminated in getting the chance to play for Storm against both Wests Tigers and the Bulldogs in recent weeks.

The experience went by in a flash but it certainly has given the Falcons product plenty to take back to his teammates up on the Sunshine Coast.

“It (the trials) was quick and a bit of a blur, all of a sudden it was full-time and it was all over but I definitely enjoyed it. I enjoyed the fast pace, the professionalism and basically just being around athletes,” Grieve said.

“Myself and Nafe are just going to bring back the little extra things that the Melbourne boys do.

“At the end of the day it is those behind-the-scenes skills sessions that contribute to doing all the little things right.”

The Falcons kick off their season against Northern Pride this Sunday at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Storm’s NYC Thunderbolts will then take the field on the same day for their season opener against the Dragons.

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