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Deputy prime minister Julia Gillard has signed on as the inaugural No.1 female ticket holder of reigning NRL champions Melbourne Storm.
Gillard was the guest of honour at the Storm's 2008 season launch on Friday morning.
Melbourne chief executive Brian Waldron said the NRL club was contacted by a member of Gillard's staff after previously being approached about a similar position with Manly.
"We were chosen by her which is quite humbling for us to be asked," said Waldron of Gillard, who holds the western Melbourne seat of Lalor for the ALP.
"She loves her sport and the fact that she made herself available for us today is a wonderful thing for us.
"It's a credit to our organisation that we've grown to the standard we have where we are able to attract people who want to offer their services to us."
Music industry identity Ian "Molly" Meldrum is the club's No.1 male ticket holder.