Bellamy yet to commit to Storm future

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Craig Bellamy says reports that he has locked in his NRL coaching future with Melbourne are "far from the truth", however he is inching closer to a decision.

Bellamy had reportedly told Storm officials he was on board for a 20th season but the coaching mastermind said on Thursday he was yet to commit.

As well as Melbourne, Brisbane and Cronulla have declared their interest in getting the multi premiership-winning mentor to their club as a coaching director.

It's believed he's considering continuing as Storm coach in 2022 before handing over the full-time duties and shifting to another role within the club.

His decision has been delayed by a serious health issue within his family.

"It's not right," Bellamy said of reports that a deal had been sealed.

"I haven't committed to anything at the moment and I'm not quite sure where that come from or why it has come at this stage.

"Obviously a decision is getting closer but that's certainly not ... it's far from the truth."

The coach's main focus this week has been preparing for Melbourne's clash with Cronulla at AAMI Park on Friday evening, in after a five-day turnaround after their big win over the Warriors.

The match marks an unlikely homecoming for long-time Storm centre Will Chambers, who returned from Japan rugby and signed with the Sharks.

Bellamy said Chambers called him early in the week, delighted to be making his Cronulla debut at "home".

"He was obviously excited about playing this week and excited about playing against us," Bellamy said of 32-year-old.

"He will certainly add a lot to the Sharks; he's a very experienced player and he's a really smart player as well."

Bellamy joked he would be handing out ear-plugs to his squad with Chambers renowned for his on-field sledging.

"He's a life member here and a really important part of our past but he's playing for the opposition so hopefully for that 80 minutes we can put a leash on him," Bellamy said.

"Probably the one thing we won't be able to control is his mouth so I've organised 17 pairs of ear plugs for our players.

"I'm not quite sure how that will go in attack when we're calling plays.

"I imagine our players will be hearing a lot of him."

Bellamy confirmed that Chris Lewis would replace forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona, who has had some concussion symptoms.

He said the Kiwi Test prop would be hard to replace as he had "turned some games" with his impact off the bench.