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As the club's last remaining foundation player, there aren't many roles Matt Geyer has not had a crack at during more than a decade with the Melbourne Storm.
The 32-year-old has put his hand up wherever he has been asked to play for the Storm - whether it's at centre, five-eighth, wing, hooker or somewhere else.
And now in the final season of a celebrated 11-year career in Melbourne, Geyer's remarkable versatility sees him filling a new role as the utility back coming off the interchange bench.
"With (captain and hooker Cam Smith) missing the World Club Challenge I started all the trials, I didn't get used to doing it then, so I'm probably still a few games away from getting it right," Geyer said on Thursday.
"I do have to prepare a bit differently because I don't know where I'm going to come on.
"Being versatile suits the team well, but as part of my preparation I need to realise I could be going on in the middle, at five-eighth or on the wing.
"I admit that I haven't got that down pat just yet, but I'm working on it."
"You can sit on the sideline just wondering when you're going to get on, but that's the thing that keeps your mind ticking over.
"You watch the game closely, see how it's unfolding, see if anyone's missing tackles or looking a bit tired and you can maybe take advantage of that when you get on."
Friday night's game at Olympic Park will have an extra edge, coming less than a week after Melbourne's star young back Israel Folau announced he would be joining Brisbane next year.
The two clubs have also met in several epic play-off matches in the last decade, including the 2006 grand final which the Broncos won 15-8.
Geyer was confident that Folau, who turned 19 Thursday, would be able to focus on on-field matters during the remainder of his final year in Melbourne.
"Izzy is a pretty quiet kid and he keeps his cards close to his chest," said Geyer.
"But my door is always open and throughout the year I'll probably have a chat with him.
"I don't know if he needs that as he's a pretty mature kid."
"It's always good to play the Broncos and I think they feel the same," said Geyer.
"We've only been around for 10 or 11 years and they've only been around for 20-odd but we've built up a good rivalry.
"We've played in a grand final, they've knocked us out of a couple of semis and I think we've knocked them out of a couple of semi-finals.
"I don't know if it really means any more because you still only get the two points for the win, but there is definitely extra feeling in the games."