PRE SEASON: Melbourne Storm forward Tim Glasby.
PRE SEASON: Melbourne Storm forward Tim Glasby. Contributed

Falcons impress Origin aspirant at Storm

RUGBY LEAGUE: Queensland State of Origin aspirant Tim Glasby has been ultra-impressed by his Melbourne Storm's two Sunshine Coast Falcons recruits this pre-season.

One month out from their trial against the New Zealand Warriors at Sunshine Coast Stadium, the 2016 NRL runners-up returned to training last week and will this week, welcome the likes of Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk back to training.

Glasby, 27, said the work ethic of ball player Ryley Jacks and hulking forward Tui Kamikamica had been noted by players and coaches alike.

Kamikamica signed with Melbourne mid-season in 2016, while Jacks was picked up after he helped guide the Falcons to the preliminary final as the club's leading try-scorer.

"I know 'Trigger' (coach Craig Ingebrigtsen) has a good system up there after joining last year,” Glasby told the Daily.

"Ryley and Tui are good examples. They've been really impressive both of them.”

Storm has enjoyed a strong supporter base in Queensland, largely thanks to its affiliation with Queensland clubs since its inception and a host of Origin stars who play at the club.

In 2017, Glasby would love nothing more than to join those ranks and pull on the maroon jersey for the first time. He was recently included in the Emerging Origin squad for a second-straight year and will join the likes of Roosters forward Dylan Napa and Sharks hard-man Jason Bukuya in camp.

"It's a good time to get to know the blokes from other clubs that you wouldn't normally talk to - that's part of Origin,” he said.

If his phone was to ring 10 days before Origin I in 2017, Glasby would jump at the chance to run out in front of a packed Suncorp Stadium.

"I would be stoked. It would be an absolute honour,” he said.

"I think there's good things that have to happen for anyone to play Origin. You have to be playing good footy at the right time and that's my goal.”

Glasby said Melbourne's focus had turned to two pre-season trials and the Auckland 9s in February, an event he would like to play in. "It definitely does interest me. I was pretty keen to go this year but we'll see how we go,” he said.

"I've also got a newborn at home so probably spending more time away isn't the best thing.”

Tickets for the trial match at Sunshine Coast Stadium are still available at: http://www.sun- shinecoaststadium.sunshine-