With Storm front-rower Robbie Kearns away on State of Origin duty this week, coach Craig Bellamy has brought former Canberra and Bulldogs prop Nathan Sologinkin down from Brisbane Norths to bolster Melbourne�s forward pack.
The 184cm/103kg Sologinkin is set to line-up for his first match in Storm colours in this Sunday�s clash against Souths at Aussie Stadium.
25-year-old Sologinkin has 26 first grade appearances to his name and arrives in Melbourne after a chequered career that has seen him also play at the now defunct South Queensland Crushers.
The league journeyman admits to having a tough time of it in recent years.
�I�ve sort of had a bit of a rocky road,� Sologinkin acknowledged.
�I played with the Canberra Raiders and then the Bulldogs in the last three years and I then had a knee reconstruction in 2001 and missed a year.�
Sologinkin joins the Storm from feeder club Norths where he is captain of the ninth placed Devils and says he is looking forward to tackling the Rabbitoh�s forwards this weekend.
�Any sort of pack you come up against - especially when they are losing - is always going to be a tough pack to crack, but I think once we grind them down a bit hopefully we�ll get over the top of them,� Sologinkin added.
As a former Raider during the late nineties Sologinkin is familiar with Bellamy�s style of coaching.
�I�ve had a bit to do with him (Bellamy) when he was at Canberra so I sort of know his style,� Sologinkin said.
�From what I�ve seen he�s been really good.�
Sologinkin may be used off the bench in Sunday�s game but is ultimately happy to be resurfacing at the top level after several years away from first grade.
�I may not have played NRL for a while but I�ll just get out there on Sunday and do my job to help the team win.�
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