Ellis - Eyes on the prize
Gareth Ellis wants to bow out with the Leeds Rhinos confirmed as the world's premier club side.
Last Updated: 27/02/08 3:33pm
Gareth Ellis is revelling in his final Super League season with Leeds and wants to bow out with the Rhinos confirmed as the world's premier club side.
The Great Britain forward won the World Club Challenge on his Leeds debut against the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2005, but is set to join Australian club Wests Tigers at the end of the year.
As the Super League Grand Final winners prepare to face Australian champions Melbourne Storm at Elland Road, Ellis admits it would be a dream to sign off with a clean sweep of the silverware on offer.
"We've got three trophies to aim for this year and I want to be part of all three of them," said Ellis.
"The fact that I'm going to Australia for three years means I will be 30 years old when I come back and I'm not going to have many chances to win domestic trophies over here so this year is a massive year for me.
"It probably makes me even more determined to do well. There's a massive purpose to my final year at Leeds and I want to make the most of it."
Storm are without six members of the team that thrashed Manly in September, but Ellis still feels that Friday's match will reveal, who the world's best team is.
"They have a few key players missing but you don't become as dominant as they have in the NRL for the last couple of years without having a decent squad in place," he added.
"They are regarded as the best team in the world because they're playing in the best competition in the world and that's why it's a massive challenge for us to put one over on them.
"I will be playing against Melbourne hopefully in the next few years and this game will give me a bit of an insight into what I'm up against I suppose.
"There will be a few people over there looking at me and wondering if I'm any good. That's a little personal challenge for me to play well.
"I could be next year playing for Wests Tigers against Leeds Rhinos, which would be nice. It has crossed my mind."