While Cameron Smith's representative retirement may extend his Melbourne NRL career, the Storm will get a glimpse of life without their skipper when they host Manly on Saturday night.
Smith will sit out the AAMI Park clash after been banned for a dangerous tackle, with 21-year-old Brandon Smith starting at hooker for just the second time.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy said tempering young Smith's enthusiasm would be key for his team to control the game.
"We've got to try and pull him back a little bit," Bellamy said.
"He gets a bit excited as you can see by the way he goes on the field, he's a bull at a gate, so he'll need a bit of thought about his game this week playing dummy half.
"He started once for us last year and did a good job. He won't die wondering, that's for sure."
Melbourne have a miserable record without their captain - since 2011 he has missed 15 games and they've lost 11, with the side scoring 18.6 points less when he's not around.
And Smith has missed two games in his career against the Sea Eagles - the 2008 grand final when the Storm were smashed 40-0 and a 34-12 loss back in 2006.
Bellamy said his team would take a basic game plan into the match without one of their chief playmakers.
"We'll be keeping things pretty simple without Cameron there - it's will be a pretty simple game plan."
After five straight losses, Manly snapped the streak with a convincing win over the Broncos last week, which impressed Bellamy.
"The last couple of weeks they've been really good.
"They were very unlucky against the Roosters and could have quite easily won that game or certainly been even at the end and they were dynamic against the Broncos last weekend."
Manly have named midweek recruit Trent Hodkinson on the bench with the ex-Shark primed to fill their five-eighth vacancy.
Bellamy said Hodkinson would add valuable experience although he was unsure how he would handle the game after only a few days with his new club.
"He's a quality player but coming into the side without too much preparation might be a little issue for him but if (Manly coach) Trent Barrett thinks he can add to the side this early than he will obviously put him in," he said.