WRAPPED UP: Melbourne's Tim Glasby and Cameron Smith attempt to tackle Andrew Fifita in last year's grand final. Storm skipper Smith said he has no desire to watch a repeat of the final which his side lost.
WRAPPED UP: Melbourne's Tim Glasby and Cameron Smith attempt to tackle Andrew Fifita in last year's grand final. Storm skipper Smith said he has no desire to watch a repeat of the final which his side lost. CRAIG GOLDING

Storm skipper tunes into new Fox channel

CAMERON Smith will be glued to Fox Sports' new rugby league channel, but the Melbourne Storm captain will reach for the remote if one particular game pops up.

Storm will enter the fast approaching NRL season hell-bent on avenging last year's narrow grand final defeat to Cronulla.

For his part, Smith never wants to see the frantic final minute ever again.

"I don't know if I could watch it again, to be honest, an extra 30 seconds of that game and we probably win it," Smith said.

"I have seen the last few moments when we made the break down the right side and the movements after that until the full-time siren, but nothing other than that.

"Unfortunately we came up against a side that played as good as they were ever going to play, which was extremely well.

"There's no real need to go back and watch it, because unfortunately the ending is not going to change.

"We've got a brand new team and it's a brand new season, which we're excited about."

The new Fox League channel will switch on from Monday, giving fans the first dedicated 24/7 rugby league channel with new shows and every game live.

"I think it is well overdue," Smith said.

"The AFL has had a dedicated channel (Fox Footy) for quite some time and I think we've seen in recent years how much support our code has on television.

"It gives the fans a great opportunity to be across everything that's happening in our sport, and it is an opportunity for a few more shows and to introduce a few new personalities."

With increased coverage, there'll be plenty of eyes on Melbourne when it starts its new season in just two weeks against the Bulldogs on the road.

Melbourne's home opener will be against Brisbane at AAMI Park in Round 3 on March 16, with season tickets on sale from Thursday

Meanwhile, Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu - last year's rookie sensation and leading NRL tryscorer - penned a new deal until the end of 2018.

News Corp Australia


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