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Melbourne Storm five-eighth and Test lock Scott Hill will return from a shoulder injury for this Sunday?s clash with the Sydney Roosters at Olympic Park (3pm).
After missing the Storm?s past four matches courtesy of a bruised rotator cuff to his left shoulder, Hill will slot back into five-eighth for Melbourne allowing Matt Geyer to move into the centres.
Hill was close to making a return last week against the Eels, but will be back this week as the Storm looks to emulate last year?s 48-10 thrashing of the reigning premier at Olympic Park.
?If it was finals time of the season then I probably could have played last week but I just wanted that extra week to give me peace of mind,? Hill said.
?The strength is back in my shoulder as is the confidence that I can play again without having to really worry about it, it?s important that I feel that way before playing a game.?
Hill is currently in the throws of negotiating his playing future but the 25-year-old is keen to put any external issues aside and get back to playing consistent football.
?Just to be back on the paddock again is going to be a boost for me,? Hill explained.
?Sitting on the sideline isn?t much fun so to have some input into Sunday?s game will be good for both myself and the club.?
Despite totally outplaying the Roosters in round 18 last year and handing out the club?s heaviest defeat of the season, Hill believes Sunday?s match will be a very different story.
?I think the Roosters will have that (last year?s defeat) in the back of their minds so we?ve got to be hard on ourselves this weekend and do everything right that we possible can to get this win,? Hill added.
With Hill?s return and the subsequent move of Geyer into the centres, former Kiwi international David Kidwell moves back to the Storm bench offering plenty of bite against his former club.
Kirk Reynoldson will start in the lock/forward position for the second consecutive week.
Ryan Hoffman has been omitted to make way for Hill?s return.
MELBOURNE STORM TEAM TO PLAY THE ROOSTERS, THIS SUNDAY AT OLYMPIC PARK, 3.00PM
1. Billy Slater 2. Semi Tadulala 3. Steven Bell 4. Matt Geyer 5. Marcus Bai 6. Scott Hill 7. Matt Orford 8. Robbie Kearns 9. Cameron Smith 10. Mitchell Sargent 11. Peter Robinson 12. Stephen Kearney (c) 13. Kirk Reynoldson BENCH 14. Danny Williams 15. Dallas Johnson 16. David Kidwell 17. Glen Turner
IN: Scott Hill OUT: Ryan Hoffman
STORM TRAINING THIS WEEK: Tuesday: 2pm ? Tom Flood Oval, Bendigo Wednesday: 9.30am ? Gosch?s Paddock Thursday: 1.30pm ? Olympic Park Saturday: 9.30am ? Olympic Park
For further information contact
James Avery: Phone (03) 9421 3222 Mobile: 0411 623 024 [email protected]