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.
But with the Storm trumping the Broncos 32-16 in their Sunday clash at AAMI Park, it may have given him food for thought.
With both clubs clambering for his signature, Bellamy showed why he's the most sought-after coach in the competition, with his team turning in a huge second half, scoring 24 points.
The win saw the Storm coach to extend his head-to-head coaching record over Broncos mentor Wayne Bennett to 24-10.
"I didn't go into the game thinking, 'Whoever wins today, that's where I'm going'," Bellamy said.
"They were just the opposition today."
Both teams had three players backing up from State of Origin, with Brisbane centre James Roberts sitting out with achilles soreness and his Storm opposite Will Chambers suspended.
Of the Melbourne players, Cameron Munster took a while to build into the game but scored a crucial 57th-minute try when he ghosted past Broncos skipper Darius Boyd to open a 20-12 lead.
Munster also had a hand in two others in the second half.
While the Storm were all-go in the second half, Bennett was left wondering what happened to his side, giving up a 12-8 halftime lead.
"We were pretty good in the first half and then in the second half the Broncos didn't come out," Bennett said.
"I don't know who wore their jerseys out but the team didn't come out and we were completely outplayed."
Brisbane skipper Darius Boyd, who was overlooked for Origin, was one of his team's best in the opening stanza.
Storm captain Cameron Smith, who missed Origin after quitting representative football, was also a stand-out, with his kicking game particularly effective.
After scoring a first-half try, Boyd pointed to strapping on his wrist, which bore the letters KW.
He said it was in reference to his wife Kayla and daughter Willow but it could also have been a message for Maroons coach Kevin Walters.
On the back of that try, plus one from winger Jamayne Isaako, the Broncos were out to an early 12-2 lead.
Melbourne centre Young Tonumaipea, in his last home game before going on a two-year Mormon mission, closed the gap to the halftime margin when he dragged five Broncos over the line.
While Jordan Kahu crossed for the visitors, the second half was all Storm, with Maroons back-rower Felise Kaufusi giving his team the lead before Munster's 57th-minute effort.
"For that first 15 or 20 minutes of that second half, we were really dominant and controlled the ball really well, which has been a fly in the ointment for us," Bellamy said.
The only disappointment for the Storm was a hamstring injury to Test prop Jesse Bromwich, which could keep him sidelined for a few weeks.