JULIAN SMITHAAP

Bellamy focus on finals not any future job

MELBOURNE is happy to let Craig Bellamy get through the rest of the NRL finals series before engaging in any coaching contract negotiations.

That's despite speculation rival NRL and English Super League clubs are very inter

ested to know whether the 55-year-old thinks his days with the Storm are numbered.

Bellamy said asking him about his plans while preparing his team for a preliminary final was not the right time.

"I'll let the dust settle, think about my plans and probably make a decision in a few months," he said.

Bellamy is contracted until the end of 2016, but is reportedly weighing up his options.

Melbourne chief executive Dave Donaghy told APN the club was happy to wait until the season was finished before discussing the situation.

"We're leaving those talks until the season is over," Donaghy said.

"Hopefully we will be playing in a grand final in 10 days."

Bellamy's coaching record with the Storm is an envious one and puts him in the company of his one-time mentor Wayne Bennett as the best coach in the past 20 years.

His winning strike rate sits at an impressive 67%, and he has taken the Storm to the finals 13 times in his 14 years with the club.

The only time he was a spectator was in 2010 after the NRL forced Melbourne to play the season without being able to earn premiership points as part of a penalty for serious salary cap breaches in previous years.


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