When Wally Lewis first set eyes on Harry Grant final yr it took him simply seven minutes to return to the conclusion that he was watching “a genius”.
Remarkably, the rugby league Immortal sees the visionary qualities in Grant that Lewis himself used to show when he was a number of steps forward of the remaining.
As Grant prepares to return off the bench for the Storm towards the Raiders on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday night time, Lewis has revealed his awe at watching the 23-year-old Maroons hooker for the primary time final yr when he was on mortgage to the Wests Tigers.
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“I remember it vividly. After seven minutes of watching him, I said ‘this kid is a genius and he will play State of Origin. It is not far away at all’. He stood out as a champion player,” Lewis said.
“It was his authority, his creativity, his vision and just everything about him that was quite remarkable. Harry had that written all over him.
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“Being a dummy-half he’s all the time going to be a type of blokes who retains his eyes open, however there’s a huge distinction between the gamers that learn the sport properly and people who are simply in search of an opportunity.
“I simply love watching Harry play, and each time I do I say to folks ‘watch this, take a look at this child’s imaginative and prescient’.”
Lewis was spot on together with his prediction, with Grant starring within the Origin decider final yr on debut, and he additionally will get a buzz out of predicting what he’ll do every week for the Storm.
“I can just about inform what the subsequent play shall be,” Lewis stated.
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“ I feel as a participant I may learn the play fairly properly. I’ll say ‘he’ll do that from this ruck’ and 99 occasions out of 100 that’s what occurs.”
Craig Bellamy is utilizing Grant off the bench after beginning with Brandon Smith, and it labored a deal with within the 28-18 win over Manly the place Grant’s injection gave the competitors leaders the power and creativity with the ball to recover from their fierce rivals.
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Lewis stated Bellamy had discovered a option to get the most effective out of each rakes and Grant was prospering in his bench function.
“Bellyache will not be losing him on the flawed time and he has stored him hungry,” Lewis stated.
“In consequence Harry will not be considering that he’s all proper and has the spot for good.
“Once you throw in Brandon Smith, that’s not a foul pair. I’m positive Brandon at his cheeky greatest could be saying ‘that’s not your spot, it’s mine’.
“The coach shall be giving him reminders every so often about what he requires, however will probably be artistic recommendation and never damaging.”
Lewis is simply glad that Grant is a Queenslander and has a decade of footy forward of him with Maroons backbone members in ready Reece Walsh and Sam Walker.
“To have Harry within the group sooner or later with these two gamers i going to be good for rugby league in Queensland and State of Origin,” Lewis stated.