It seems like it’s not a pre-season in the 2010s until a photo emerges appearing to show Sam Kasiano carrying a whole lot less weight than a few months ago. (Photo: melbournestorm.com.au).
Kasiano told foxsports.com.au he has dropped from 136kgs to 128kgs since arriving at Melbourne, with the goal of getting to 125kgs by the time Round 1 rolls around.
The key? A much-improved diet, after admitting to eating “pretty much whatever I wanted” during his seven years with the Canterbury Bulldogs, along with Craig Bellamy’s renowned gruelling pre-season tactics.
If Kasiano is able to play bigger minutes for the Storm, the change could prove to be a masterstroke, and it’s no coincidence that his best season in 2012, when he was voted Dally M Prop of the Year and earned Kiwis selection, was achieved when he weighed 128kgs.
Pre-season just isn't pre-season without a Sam Kasiano weight loss story. Move along people, nothing to see here. pic.twitter.com/1zObo1w9GZ
— Geoff Adams (@wakeupgeoff) January 7, 2017
But the reports and photos should be taken with a grain of salt – every year since 2015 there have been off-season stories claiming the giant Kiwi has transformed his body – but on the whole it never changed much, with Kasiano’s average minutes per match not going above 33 in that time.