Storm play waiting game on Craig Bellamy coaching call

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Melbourne continue to play the waiting game with coach Craig Bellamy, club boss Justin Rodski saying it's still a line-ball decision.

The veteran coach spent time during the team's bye weekend with his extended family in Queensland and was expected to make a call on his coaching future on his return.

Before his mini-break Storm chairman Matt Tripp said he felt a decision was "imminent," with Bellamy aware time is of the essence if they are to find a suitable replacement.

The 63-year-old signed a five-year deal in 2021 but included a clause where he could step into a coaching director role when he felt the time was right.

Rodski said the Storm were still uncertain whether Bellamy would lead the club for a 22nd NRL season.

"We've given him every amount of time that he needs to make his decision and we're not sure yet which way he's going to go," Rodski said on Tuesday at Marvel Stadium, where the Storm will play two home games later in the season.

"It's obviously a really big decision for him and his family and we're hopefully getting an answer from him in the next couple of weeks.

"It's very much line-ball, 50-50, and we're hopeful that he stays on in the senior coaching role, but if he doesn't it's pleasing to know that he will still be around and involved in the club.

"Maybe by this time next week."

Bellamy has spoken about retirement for the past 10 years but hasn't been able to step away from the club he's steered to three premierships.

Rodski said they weren't frustrated by the process given they'd been through it so many times before.

"We're used to, we do it every year, but also we're doing some planning in the background for what the future looks like and what succession looks like and Craig's been involved in that planning so from our perspective we'll give him as long as he needs."

Star playmaker Cameron Munster said he was trying to push Bellamy to commit to another year but the coach wasn't letting on which way he was leaning.

"I've been trying to push little things here and there, saying he's still got it but it's up to him," Munster told AAP.

"He's been around the game for so long, and he knows what it takes to be a NRL coach and if he feels like he can't give any more to the game, or he feels like he's hindering someone's development he won't stay in anyone's way.

"But the playing group still believe in him and are still passionate about having him as coach and still respect him at the club so I don't see why he shouldn't re-sign."

Melbourne are hoping to draw around 30,000 to Marvel Stadium for the games against Penrith and Parramatta.

The Storm will host the 2022 NRL grand finalists at the AFL ground after being forced out of AAMI Park due to the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Their round-18 clash with reigning champions Penrith on June 30 will be played under the closed roof at the 55,000-seat stadium along with the round-22 meeting with Parramatta on July 28.

The club has played at the Docklands stadium 20 times, with the last in 2010 and have only lost one from their last 10 at the venue.

Geelong's AFL home ground and VFL ground Princes Park in Carlton were also looked at before opting for Marvel.