George Rose has committed himself to Melbourne for the rest of the season but says he continues to struggle with homesickness.
Fairfax Media revealed last week that Rose had requested a release just months into his one year deal with the Storm. The prop has struggled with living so far away from his Sydney base and wanted to return home immediately.
A season-ending knee injury to utility Slade Griffin and Jordan McLean’s seven-game suspension didn’t help Rose’s ambition to leave the club early.
Rose said he remained committed to the club despite the Storm knocking back his request.
“I’m with the Storm for the rest of the year and that’s what I’m focused on,” Rose said. “The hard thing for me is living away from home. Obviously I miss my family at times and I’m very close to my family.
“It’s a long way from home but it’s a great place. There are some really good people at the club and great staff who have looked after me since I’ve been down there.”
The club have made special considerations for Rose and allow him to spend an extra day in Sydney whenever he plays in NSW.
“Being an isolated club they have these problems from time to time with people so they know how to work with them in this situation,” Rose said. “They know I like spending time with my family. When an opportunity arises they make sure I take that opportunity.
“That just shows the type of people that they are.They want to make sure the players are happy and that’s what they’ve tried to do with me. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive staff to be around.”
The former Manly premiership winner returned to Brookvale on Sunday and spent the night with his family after the game. He has now played in three different jerseys in his past three appearances at his old home ground. After playing for the Storm against Manly in round one, Rose played for Melbourne’s feeder club Cronulla in the NSW Cup on Sunday.
He was strong in three stints during a 56-minute performance, as he walked away with his second win of the season at Brookvale this year.
Rose has been relegated to the lower grades after playing in Melbourne’s opening three matches from the interchange bench.
“It’s weird being back at Brookie in a different jersey again,” Rose said. “There’s so many good people here [at Brookvale] so I had a good time again.
“I’m concentrating on my footy and trying to get back into the NRL side again. If anyone experienced the type of people that they are in Melbourne there they’d know how great they are.”