Melbourne will be able to call on seven players from their beaten 2018 grand final side for Friday night’s NRL trial against the Vodafone Warriors at Kardinia Park in Geelong (7.50pm kick-off local time; 9.50pm NZT).

Of the starting line-up used in the 6-21 loss to the Sydney Roosters, Storm head coach Craig Bellamy has included wing Suliasi Vunivalu, centre Curtis Scott, halfback Brodie Croft and second rower Joe Stimson plus interchange hooker Brandon Smith and middle forwards Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Christian Welch.

Also named for the match – which will be streamed live on www.warriors.kiwi – is utility Jahrome Hughes, who was in Melbourne’s extended squad for the grand final. Along with Smith, Hughes featured for the Maori Kiwis All-Stars in last Friday night’s clash against the Australian Indigenous All-Stars.

The seven grand finalists have all been selected to start in Friday night’s trial.

Also named is wing Sandor Earl, who is set to play his first match since 2013 after being banned for four years and side-lined with a season-ending knee injury in 2018.

Other players with first-grade experience listed in a 29-man squad are fullback Scott Drinkwater and prop Tui Kamikamica plus interchange players Cheyse Blair, Patrick Kaufusi, Justin Olam, Harry Grant and Tom Eisenhuth.

NRL TRIAL

VODAFONE WARRIORS v MELBOURNE STORM

7.50pm, Friday, February 22

Kardinia Park, Geelong

MELBOURNE STORM

1 SCOTT DRINKWATER

2 SULIASI VUNIVALU

3 MARION SEVE

4 CURTIS SCOTT

5 SANDOR EARL

6 BILLY WALTERS

7 BRODIE CROFT

8 CHRISTIAN WELCH

9 BRANDON SMITH

10 TUI KAMIKAMICA

11 JOE STIMSON

12 TOM EISENHUTH

13 NELSON ASOFA-SOLOMONA

Interchange:

14 JAHROME HUGHES

15 RYAN PAPENHUYZEN

16 JUSTIN OLAM

17 CHEYSE BLAIR

18 CURTIS DANSEY-SMALLER

19 TOM HUGHES

20 COOPER JOHNS

21 HARRY GRANT

22 NICHO HYNES

23 TINO FA'ASUAMALEAUI

24 PATRICK KAUFUSI

25 KELMA TUILAGI

27 MATT STIMSON

28 TRENT TOELAU

29 DARRYN SCHONIG

30 DANIEL DOLE

HEAD COACH | CRAIG BELLAMY