CURTIS Scott was in such hot demand he had 11 NRL clubs chasing his signature.
The Australian Schoolboys star centre had to narrow his wishlist down to five, including his club at the time Cronulla, as well as North Queensland, Canterbury, Brisbane and future home Melbourne.
He flew to Townsville with his father Craig and manager Sam Ayoub, where he rubbed shoulders with senior Cowboys, including Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, as well as coach Paul Green at City Lane.
Then there was coffee with Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett at the Pullman Hotel in Sydney's Hyde Park.
Scott then took a short trip to Belmore where he thought he was "going into a lecture" with Des Hasler.
"It was pretty technical," Scott said about his meeting with the then Bulldogs coach.
"It was really professional the way they run things there, but I just felt there was more of a pathway for me at Melbourne."
The Storm won the race for the centre after he spent two nights down south, including ne where he was wined and dined at up-market Leonard's House Of Love, then treated to a corporate box at AAMI Park where superstar fullback Billy Slater spent half an hour selling the club.
Scott, still just 19, is signed until the end of next season, but Storm officials are already keen to extend his deal.
"I was a Cronulla boy, I played all my junior footy there, and it was tough moving away from family and friends," he said.
"I left for an opportunity. I had to make that sacrifice and move away, come to Melbourne, knuckle down and focus on what I wanted to do with my life.
"I was ready for a change. I was ready to get out of home and come down here and start a new chapter in my life.
"It's worked out well for me."
Scott had set his sights on getting a taste of NRL, but went on to play half a dozen games this season, including the last nine at left centre inside Josh Addo-Carr.
NSW fans must be getting excited about the potential Blues' left-side pairing in years to come.
Scott broke his leg last year, which denied him more game time in the top flight.
He did a marvellous job to draw three Broncos defenders and squeeze a pass to Addo-Carr last Friday, which led to a try and blew open the game in the preliminary final.
Scott has the name "Dianna" tattooed on his left arm, which was an ode to his mother who packed up and moved south to make the Melbourne move a lot easier for her son.
"I love her heaps, she's done a heap for me and sacrificed lots for me to play rugby league. She'll be there in the stands on Sunday," Scott said.
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