Eels coach gave Storm's Bromwich his start

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Melbourne skipper Jesse Bromwich will celebrate his 250th NRL match on Thursday night and the Storm have Parramatta coach Brad Arthur to thank for it.

More than a decade ago Bromwich turned up to watch his brother Kenny train with the Storm's NYC team, who were coached by Arthur.

He spotted the elder Bromwich, who was playing footy at the time in rural NSW, and asked if he'd like to join in training.

It marked the start of his career at the club.

Now 31, Bromwich has risen to become one of the game's best forwards, a NZ Test star, and a Storm co-captain, leading the side at Bankwest Stadium against the Eels.

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said Arthur did the club a huge favour.

"I remember that Kenny was here and Jesse came down from Orange for the weekend and turned up and Brad saw him - so thanks Brad," Bellamy said on Wednesday.

"Jesse's a great clubman and has been a wonderful player for us - he won three of our best player of the year awards even when our Big Three were at their best.

"I really like what I saw from him last week, he's stepped it up even more."

Bromwich is only the sixth Storm player to reach the milestone and Bellamy said his was an extra special achievement given he was the only prop.

Melbourne and Parramatta had contrasting round one victories, the Storm racing to a 22-0 lead before holding on for a win over Souths while Parramatta trailed 16-0 but rallied to beat Brisbane.

"Obviously their first half wasn't what they wanted but to come back from 16-0 at the Broncos home ground is a pretty big effort," Bellamy said.

"To show that fight certainly shows they've got something there."

Bellamy lauded his team's performance in their first game after Cameron Smith's retirement announcement but Arthur said he wasn't surprised.

"They've got a great system, well coached," Arthur said on Wednesday.

"Anyone who is going to take Melbourne lightly and doesn't expect them to be at their best every week is probably watching a different game to me."

He urged his team to be patient and build their attack against the Storm if they wanted to take revenge from last year's qualifying final loss.

"With our start last week it wasn't a lack of effort, it was more of an impatient mentality," Arthur said.

"We just didn't earn the right to play a bit of footy.

"We didn't lay a platform and you've got to do that."