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Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant says he's looking forward to facing the Melbourne Storm for the first time in his career this weekend.

As he also prepares to return to Sunshine Coast Stadium — a ground he's extremely familiar with following his time with the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Intrust Super Cup — the talented 22-year-old said he was looking forward to the opportunity to take on a playing group he's become well used to over the years.

“I love playing against my mates,” Grant said ahead of the clash.

“That’s the games I enjoy the most. I’ve got a good relationship with all the boys, and that’s the way I’m looking at it — playing with my mates against my mates.”

Despite a whirlwind season in his first full year in the top-grade — moving states, battling injury and COVID-19 restrictions — Grant said the year had further proved his love for rugby league and his aspirations for the rest of his career. 

“It’s been a crazy year for first full season in first-grade,” said Grant.

“With the COVID-19 restrictions it’s been more mentally draining for players but being in Sydney I’ve noticed a difference between the world of rugby league compared to Melbourne.

“The one thing I have learnt the most from is seeing how much NRL means to people outside of the bubble.

“You can see much the clubs mean to fans and how much having the game back at the moment means to people and how much they look forward to it. That’s been pretty special.”