Storm's Bellamy set to make coaching call next week
Craig Bellamy is promising to make an announcement on his NRL coaching future early next week, saying he's sick of thinking about it.
Bellamy has continued to push back the deadline for a decision on whether he will remain as Melbourne's head coach for a 22nd season in 2024 or move into a part-time director of coaching role.
The 63-year-old signed a five-year deal in 2021 but included a clause where he could move aside when he felt the time was right.
Ahead of the Storm's NRL clash with ladder leaders Brisbane at AAMI Park on Thursday, Bellamy said a decision was imminent.
He said that the five-day turnaround after their Magic Round loss to South Sydney meant he hadn't had a lot of time to ponder his future in recent days.
"It's been a hectic week so I haven't had a chance to sit down and have a look at a couple of things that have happened that have made it a little bit more complicated," Bellamy said.
"I'm sure early next week I will be making a decision.
"I'm sick of thinking about it so I need to make a decision myself."
The veteran coach wouldn't reveal details of the "complications" or which way he was leaning.
"There's a couple of things footy-wise and for the club and obviously family things come into it as well - there's a few variables."
The coach travelled to Queensland in the Storm's bye weekend to spend time with his daughter and her young family but he also has his son Aaron - an assistant coach - and grandchildren based in Melbourne.
Bellamy has threatened retirement for the past 10 years but hasn't been able to step away from the club he's steered to three premierships.
Melbourne boss Justin Rodski said last week he thought it was a "line-ball" decision.
Former Storm player and assistant coach Jason Ryles, who is currently at the Sydney Roosters, has been touted as Bellamy's successor.
However Ryles has also been linked to St George Illawarra, where he started his NRL playing career.
"I'm sure he will do a good job," Bellamy said when asked if Ryles was ready for a head coach role.
"He's been around the game for a long time and played at the highest level and he did a great job with us while he was here as an assistant and I'm sure he's doing the same at the Roosters."