The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Sport Bellamy likely to choose Storm over Broncos by the weekend

13:08  13 june  2018
13:08  13 june  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

Craig Bellamy to turn down Brisbane Broncos and re-sign with Melbourne Storm, says Gorden Tallis

  Craig Bellamy to turn down Brisbane Broncos and re-sign with Melbourne Storm, says Gorden Tallis Brisbane Broncos legend Gorden Tallis has added his voice to the chorus of past players and pundits to speculate on Melbourne Storm boss Craig Bellamy’s future. Media reports last Sunday declared the premiership-winning coach had decided to reject a reported three-year, $5million offer from the Brisbane Broncos and ink a similar three-year extension to stay in Melbourne.But Bellamy, who last week publicly declared he would not coach the Broncos in 2019 because Bennett is already contracted for next season, remains conflicted over his decision according to multiple reports.

Bellamy to weigh up Storm offer before Broncos . BRONCOS ’ BID: Bennett speaks after Bellamy revelation. Bellamy would likely sit out the 2019 season if he chose to leave the Victorian club and “The last thing that I’d want to be is disrespectful to Wayne, especially this weekend ,” Bellamy said.

The Broncos hope to lure Bellamy north and while Sunday’s game was far from Melbourne’s best performance of the season, they turned in a huge second half, scoring 24 points, for the Storm coach to extend his head-to-head coaching record to 24-10 over Bennett.

Staying or going? Storm coach Craig Bellamy is poised to make a call.© NRL Photos Staying or going? Storm coach Craig Bellamy is poised to make a call.

Craig Bellamy is expected to end speculation about his future by the weekend in a move that will create a chain reaction in the coaching ranks.

Melbourne is the favourite to land Bellamy’s signature, hopeful the $5 million deal they have tabled will thwart overtures from the Broncos. Storm officials are more confident now of their chances than when Brisbane’s interest first became public, and a decision is expected well before Sunday’s clash with Newcastle.

Bellamy’s agent, Rod Read, said a decision isn’t far away.

“We continue productive discussions and hopefully we’ll have an outcome soon,” Read said. “All parties are keen to get it resolved. Hopefully we can achieve that shortly.

Bellamy decision set to come after Broncos

  Bellamy decision set to come after Broncos Melbourne aren't expecting Craig Bellamy to announce his future before Sunday when the Storm host Brisbane, the other NRL club chasing the coach.Melbourne aren't expecting in-demand coach Craig Bellamy to declare his future before the Storm takes on Brisbane, the other NRL club vying for his services.

Storm assistant coach Adam O’Brien looms as the man likely to take over from Bellamy if he does make a move to Brisbane. Kent also said on Tuesday Broncos officials are concerned by Bennett’s longevity.

Good Weekend . There is the feeling that Bellamy might be the only man capable of taking over from Bennett at Red Hill. Former Broncos and Storm premiership-winning prop Glenn Lazarus unloaded on Bennett during a radio interview on Thursday morning.

“We said early on that the Melbourne Storm offer was a very significant offer. I stand by that. We’ve had some terrific discussions with them and we can move things forward and get an outcome shortly.”

The Storm beat the Broncos last weekend in what many dubbed as a clash between Wayne Bennett and his potential successor Bellamy. Brisbane have promised Bennett his job is safe until his contract expires at the end of next year, meaning Bellamy would have to sit out for a season before starting at Red Hill. The other option is for the Broncos to pay out Bennett and replace him with Bellamy straight away.

That doesn’t sit well with Bellamy, although there are professional and personal reasons that make a move north enticing. So too is the challenge of building on his legacy in Melbourne, particularly as stalwarts Cameron Smith and Billy Slater reach the end of their careers.

Fireworks expected as Bellamy and Bennett face off

  Fireworks expected as Bellamy and Bennett face off All eyes will be on the rival coaches Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bennett as Melbourne meets Brisbane at AAMI Park.Intrigue continues to surround the identity of the Broncos’ coach for 2019, with Craig Bellamy yet to commit to the Storm amid rumours he will replace Wayne Bennett in Brisbane.

Craig Bellamy has joked he didn't go into Melbourne's NRL clash with Brisbane thinking he'd sign to coach the winning team next season. The win saw the Storm coach to extend his head-to-head coaching record over Broncos mentor Wayne Bennett to 24-10.

If Bellamy turned his back on that offer, it would likely see him take a year-long break from coaching in the NRL. Journalists quizzed the Broncos coach about the possibility of Craig Bellamy taking over at Red Hill after comments the Storm mentor made about leaving the door ajar for a return to the club

Bellamy didn’t want to make a decision until he had spoken with co-owner and Crownbet boss Matt Tripp, a meeting that took place earlier in the week.

“I’m hopeful,” Tripp said.

“I think we’ve covered all the stuff we need to cover and the ball is now in Craig’s court.

“He’s got to make a decision in the best interests of his family and himself and for a whole host of other reasons that are personal to him.

“I’m hoping the decision rests with the club he’s grown and been such a huge part of for over a decade.”

There are huge ramifications for the team that misses out. As revealed by Fairfax Media on Sunday, there is some support at the Broncos to target South Sydney mentor Anthony Siebold if they miss out on Bellamy. Seibold comes off contract at the end of 2019 - the same year as Bennett - meaning his transition could be far more seamless than Bellamy's potential switch.

The Rabbitohs are aware of Brisbane’s interest and are attempting to extend his stay at Redfern after an impressive start to his NRL. Siebold’s stocks are on the rise - Souths are equal premiership favourites and he can expect an upgrade whether he stays or goes. Siebold’s manager, Isaac Moses, also manages Storm assistant Adam O’Brien, considered the man most likely to replace Bellamy at Melbourne at some stage.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters has long been considered Bennett’s successor, but the fact he is no longer on the Broncos staff - and could fel snubbed in favour of Bellamy by Brisbane - raises question marks about his place in succession planning.

Calls for Broncos to boot Bennett .
Penrith general manager and Nine commentator Phil Gould believes it would be in the best interests of the Broncos to let Wayne Bennett go if they don’t plan to keep him at the club beyond 2019. Bennett is signed on with the club for the 2019 season but Brisbane had identified Storm coach Craig Bellamy as a possible replacement for Bennett in 2020.Bellamy announced a three-year contract extension worth $5.1 million with Melbourne on the weekend, leaving the Broncos and Bennett in a precarious position.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!