One-season wonder? As if!
Marcus Bai tips Vunivalu to be a game-breaker for a decade
MELBOURNE LEGEND Marcus Bai believes Suliasi Vunivalu is no one-year wonder and predicts he’ll have a 10-year career at the Storm.
The 20-year-old sensation is sitting on 23 tries for 2016, an NRL record for a player in his debut season.
Bai says Vunivalu has made a mockery of pundits who said he’d crack under pressure, and now sits as the Storm’s “finals gamebreaker”.
“With Craig Bellamy in charge there’s no way Vunivalu will be a one-season wonder,” Bai says.
“The Storm took Marika Koroibete from reserve grade in Sydney and turned him into a brilliant winger. Vunivalu has seen that and if he keeps doing the job he can stay at Melbourne for 10 to 15 years.
“I’m a winger myself and he does things we could never do when we played.
“I’m sure he’s the fastest man alive in the whole of Melbourne.
“Vunivalu knows he’s going to be targeted during the finals but he is doing his job.
“He has the height, speed and strength. For the next two games he just has to keep the consistency.
“He has already set the benchmark for what can be done on the wing position.
“He’s not misreading in defence now, like when he started. Against the Cowboys [in week one of the finals] his defence was unbelievable.”
Bai was a cult figure at the Storm and Vunivalu is set to follow in the former PNG international’s footsteps.
“I went to Melbourne from the Gold Coast when I was nobody,” Bai says.
“My English wasn’t good but Melbourne helped me with that and gave me all the support I needed so I could perform to my ability.
“That is exactly what this kid is doing. He’s risen from a nobody to a real somebody at Melbourne.
“Vunivalu can become someone young kids aspire to be. My three boys idolise him.”