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Joe Galuvao's career has been handed a lifeline with the former New Zealand Test forward agreeing to a two-year deal with Parramatta.
Galuvao will link with the Eels in 2008 and 2009 after falling out of favour at South Sydney this season. The 29-year-old ended the season playing for Easts in the Queensland Cup and it was believed his NRL career was as good as over before the Eels swooped.
Down south, and the Storm have wrapped up their first training session at Melbourne's Telstra Dome, the venue for Sunday's semi-final against Parramatta.
Melbourne are being forced to play away from Olympic Park, where they have only lost once in two seasons, because it's too small. However Storm skipper Cameron Smith says the new ground will have little affect on his team, and they're happy to be playing in front of their home crowd.
Star five-eighth Greg Inglis and prop Ben Cross both cruised through the light session and are rated certainties to play. Smith says the team has been boosted by the addition of both to the line-up.
He says the players are feeling more focused than last year and ready for the challenge of beating the Eels to make their second successive grand final.