Bellamy re-signs with Storm

Bellamy re-signs with Storm Written by STAFF WRITERS , March 4, 2016

THE MELBOURNE Storm have received the ultimate boost ahead of their opening encounter season with master coach Craig Bellamy committing to the club for a further two years.

The premiership-winning mentor was heavily tipped to retire when his contract expired at the end of this season but he has decided against that to continue on with the club for the foreseeable future.

“I had a decision to make beyond 2016 and I was determined to make that before the start of the season,” Bellamy said.

“I really enjoyed last season and I also wanted to see how I went through this pre-season and our trial games before making my decision. My enthusiasm and enjoyment has certainly been there and I’m certain I’ve made the right decision.

“I’m excited with the current playing roster and our future prospects, in 2015 we had some new guys come into the squad, these players will keep improving and I believe we have a good future at the club.”

Bellamy’s biggest challenge now is to convince off-contract playmaker Cooper Cronk to also remain with the club.

Cronk has been heavily linked with a move to the NSW capital to be closer to his Sydney-based girlfriend and Fox Sports presenter Tara Rushton.

The Dragons and the Rabbitohs have reportedly expressed interest in signing the Maroons and Kangaroos halfback.

Storm chairman Bart Campbell described Bellamy’s decision to remain with the club as a glorious day in the Storm’s history.

“He is a proven innovator and a brilliant teacher of men and both the club and Craig have a strong desire to build on past achievements,” Campbell said.

“One of Craig’s greatest strengths has been his ability in ensuring the team continues to challenge for the premiership at the same time as introducing our young exciting talent to the side.

“We look forward to Craig continuing to lead the team for a further two seasons.”

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