Craig Bellamy makes bombshell call on NRL retirement

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Craig Bellamy (pictured) waving to fans during a game.
Craig Bellamy (pictured) hasn't ruled out moving to another club in a coaching position. (Getty Images)

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has ruled out retirement but has left the door open for a change in club.

Bellamy is still tossing up whether to remain in his position as head coach for a 20th year or move into a director of coaching role with the Storm, with similar positions at Brisbane and Cronulla also on offer.

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He said a non-football related matter, believed to be a family illness, was delaying his decision, and that he was still interested in all options.

But the super coach has ruled out retiring from the game after only winning yet another Premiership with the Storm last year.

"This time last week I'd signed for the Storm and a week later I'm retiring," said Bellamy, ahead of Melbourne's Thursday night clash with South Sydney.

"I don't think I've mentioned once that I was thinking about retirement."

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Bellamy has weighed up moving to Queensland, where he has family and residence, but does appear set to remain at the Storm.

However, he hasn't ruled out a move to Cronulla.

"I think they're (Cronulla) still in there; I'm still interested.

"A lot of things haven't changed from a couple of months ago, there's just been some things that have happened that are not connected for footy and that's the sticking point but hopefully I will have a decision soon."

One of the game's best fullbacks, Ryan Papenhuyzen, praised Bellamy for his influence.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy (pictured) has Gatorade poured over him after winning the 2020 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy (pictured) has Gatorade poured over him after winning the 2020 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The fullback is believed to be close to agreeing to a new two-year extension that locks him in at Melbourne until the end of 2024.

Bellamy has noted the development of players such as Papenhuyzen is the reason why he still enjoys coaching.

"They're a really good group to work with and there's some real talented players amongst them as well.

"It's enjoyable and it has been for a few years with the improvement of some of these blokes; obviously Paps is a real good example."

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