Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
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How Gympie's powerhouse Tino is a step closer to big break

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gympie's Melbourne Storm hopeful Tino Fa'asuamaleaui is closer to his NRL debut after being named on the extended bench.

Fa'asuamaleaui returned back to the Sunshine Coast Falcons side this year and coach Eric Smith said he had been rewarded for his good form.

"He has been outstanding, playing that interchange role,” Smith said.

"He was rewarded for his good form when he was selected for the Queensland residents side on the weekend and got good minutes.”

Smith said the Gympie products best attribute was his attack.

"For a guy his size, he has good footwork and his attacking carries have been outstanding and he has been a handful for opposition sides,” he said.

"His run metres are always phenomenal. He has things to work on but he is still very young and with how fast he has risen through the ranks, I can only see he is going to continue to rise.

"An NRL debut is not to far away. He's been playing good footy against seasoned NRL players. I can only imagine what he will do once he has made his debut.”

The Storm hosts the Wests Tigers tonight at 7.50pm.