Tariq Sims claims his first pre-season at the Melbourne Storm has been ‘eye-opening’

Tariq Sims has described Melbourne Storm’s approach as “eye-opening” after experiencing the work program they implement with all of their players at the start of the pre-season.  

“It was really interesting and definitely something I’ve never experienced before,” Sims told local media.

The Storm have long since established the program which enables their players to join the workforce, while also training every day for a two-week period.

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“Doing the work program and training was eye-opening, but it was something I think other clubs should implement into their systems,” Sims said. 

It’s not the first time players have spoken of the significance of the program towards their personal development, with former Storm player Gareth Widdop also recently sharing his experiences. 

“The first day of pre-season they make you work no matter who you are,” Widdop said, while appearing on The Bye Round Podcast with James Graham.

“In the first two weeks during pre-season, they make you go and labour just to show you how you’ve got a really good job. It’s about appreciation. You could be working 9-5, or whatever it may be.

“The first two weeks were certainly tough because you’re getting up at half four to train then they make you go and work all day. Then, you come back in the evening and do a session again.

“You’re grafting. I remember I was knocking walls down and picking bricks up in 45 degrees, but it sets you in good stead.”

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Sims is in the twilight of his career, but the backrower appreciated the amount of work which went on behind-the-scenes at Melbourne in educating players in all aspects of life.

“What stood out to me from the get-go was the attention to detail by both the staff and the players,” he said.  

“They are very thorough in how they want things done.

“The coaching staff and how they apply themselves to teaching the young blokes and teaching the older blokes- their energy and positive attitude around the joint is what really stood out to me.”

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The 32-year-old noted how the standards set in training was already incredibly high and he could see how that translated to their continued success throughout the years.

“The boys are very hard on themselves with and without the ball, so that’s something that I really appreciate,” Sims said.

The enforcer, who endured a difficult year with repeated infringements on the field seeing him face disciplinary action numerous times while at the Dragons, was adamant he won’t be changing his approach anytime soon.

In fact, he highlighted his hard playing style as one of the key attributes he could provide to the Storm, as Craig Bellamy’s side undergoes a period of transition in their forward pack.

“I’m hoping I can bring some aggression,” he said. “I know the blokes down here are very aggressive naturally, so I’m hoping to learn off them as well. It’s a two-way street.”

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