Suliasi Vunivalu of the Storm scores a try during round 24 last year.
Suliasi Vunivalu of the Storm scores a try during round 24 last year. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Storm's try machine says best is yet to come

YOU ain't seen nothing yet.

That's the message from the Melbourne Storm's try-scoring machine Suliasi Vunivalu ahead of his side's NRL season-opener with the Bulldogs at Belmore on Friday night.

Vunivalu touched down 23 times last season to be the competition's top try scorer.

But after his first full pre-season following a battle with shoulder and knee injuries early in his career, the 21-year-old said he still had more to give.

"I don't want to be comfortable with how I finished last year," the Fijian-born winger said.

"There's heaps of players in the backline here waiting for a crack so you've got to be at 100% in training and playing."

After his stellar season, Vunivalu said he knew he would have a target on his back.

"I know it's going to be tough this year as a lot of teams are going to know what I'm capable of," he said.

"I've just got to work hard to play a bit different this time.

"Coming into pre-season this year my whole mentality was that last year was really fun and what I did was fun but coming into my second (season) will be challenging so I've given it my all in the pre-season.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Meanwhile, under-pressure Canterbury coach Des Hasler says he wants to stay with the club for at least another three seasons.

Hasler is out of contract at the end of this year and has been forced to defend his team's performances after a meek exit from last year's finals series.

"Termination of my tenure here has never been discussed ... the ongoing contractual discussions (for) '18 and '19 are really positive, very confidential," he said.

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