Melbourne prop Christian Welch admits he has a lot of love for St George Illawarra's NRL forward pack and in particular James Graham.
But Welch will have to put any fan-boy ideas aside when his side faces their toughest test of the season against the NRL front-runners at Kogarah on Sunday afternoon.
The 23-year-old said that when he started at the Storm he was given a homework task to research another player and chose England international Graham.
"As part of my assignment I looked at James Graham and the way he plays," Welch said.
"I had a lot of video review and I loved what I found - he's aggressive, he's a team first player and he's got a second to none work ethic.
"I certainly appreciate the way he plays his rugby league and I'm a big fan.
"I really like their forward pack.
"You put him together with Jack de Belin and Paul Vaughan, who are probably going to play for NSW this year, and they've got quite a formidable team and playing at Kogarah it's going to be a pretty fiery game."
In the corresponding game last year Welch was left in tears when he ruptured his ACL, which meant he sat out the remainder of the season and missed last year's grand final victory.
But he felt the injury made him appreciate his position as a professional footballer and he has returned in 2018 an even better player.
Welch started his first game of the season last round against the Warriors and scored his first NRL try in four years of first grade.
His try was one of six the Storm scored in the first half as they set up a 50-10 thrashing of the Warriors.
Welch said Melbourne's improving consistency meant they didn't have to be a one-off.
"It was a pleasant result for us that first 40 minutes but we just have to do our basics well and that's what we've been working hard on this week because we know we're coming up a really strong Dragons team."