Sport

Family first for departing Storm star

Jordan McLean of the Storm is tackled by Addin Fonua-Blake (left) and Frank Winterstein of the Sea Eagles.
Jordan McLean of the Storm is tackled by Addin Fonua-Blake (left) and Frank Winterstein of the Sea Eagles. DAN HIMBRECHTS

POWERFUL Melbourne Storm prop Jordan McLean is leaving the club at the end of the season but says that's no extra motivation for success.

McLean, 25, last month signed a three-year deal to join the North Queensland Cowboys in 2018.

"I don't think about it (next year) too much. Every game I play for Storm is always important for me," McLean said.

"I wanted to get it done straight away so I could focus on this year and play my best footy."

The Storm are favourites to go one step further than last year and win the NRL premiership after their hot 6-1 start to the season.

The 196cm, 115kg forward said the decision to leave was based purely on being closer to family in North Queensland.

His mother and partner's family live in the region.

"It's definitely one of the toughest things I've had to do," the father of two said.

"I love this place and I will always love this place and I love the people that are here.

"It wasn't the easiest one but it was something I had to do and I had to do for my family."

McLean, who missed two games with a niggling calf injury, is looking forward to the Anzac Day blockbuster against the New Zealand Warriors after playing just 44 minutes last week in his comeback game.

He wanted to play sooner but the Storm were ultra-cautious with the enforcer given his history of soft-tissue injuries.

McLean ran 99m from 10 carries and laid 24 tackles in the hard-fought 30-26 win over the Manly Sea Eagles.

"It's very tough watching from the sideline when the boys are out there each week," McLean said.

"It's (Anzac Day) always a big game against the Warriors and I'm sure this one will be no different.

"It's not just about footy; it's bigger than footy ... (The) blackout before the game is very special.

"It builds a lot of emotion for the game, it's always a big game and you always turn up for it."

News Corp Australia

Topics:  jordan mclean melbourne storm



Two people dead, six injured in stabbing terror

Police officers gather at the site of a multiple stabbing on the Market Square in Turku, Finland

Police shot one suspect and six people were hospitalised

Elderly man says he is not a hypocrite or a bigot

This letter writer rejects the claim his generation is full of bigots and his church is full of hypocrites.

Letter writer from 'older folk' not happy

Redefining marriage 'an attack on freedom': Shelton

Lyle Shelton from the Australian Christian Lobby. Photo Contributed

'I will always believe the truth about marriage'

Local Partners

Taylor Swift wipes presence off social media

TAYLOR Swift has completely disappeared off social media — and her fans don’t know what to think.

What's On? 10 things to see and do this week

Judah Kelly will be rocking the Muster stage this week

There's plenty to see and do this week

Swedish TV drama turns up heat

Louise Nyvall stars in the Swedish TV series Farang.

Scandinavian crime thriller goes troppo

Aboriginal artists' call to action

Anwar Young, winner of this year's overall prize and last year's young artist prize.

Important messages of survival and healing

Radio host Matt Okine leaps to small screen

Valene Kane, Matt Okine and Harriet Dyer star in the TV series The Other Guy.

First foray into acting a long time in the making

Hollywood’s new highest paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence had to settle for third this year behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

CAN you guess who has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence?

Movie trailer dubbed too racy for TV

Alicia Vikander stars in Tulip Fever.

THE trailer for Tulip Fever is so saucy some networks have banned it

New Gympie real estate mag has everything you need

Look out for SOLD ON in The Gympie Times on Wednesday.

The first Gympie edition of Sold On will be out on Wednesday

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.