Melbourne Storm maestro Craig Bellamy says it’s “time for the membership to have a brand new coach” and is “fairly certain” this will probably be his ultimate yr in cost.
The legendary coach has spoken about his retirement for a few years, relationship all the way in which again to 2013, conceding he has “informed too many lies”.
As a part of his contract the 63-year-old can resolve every year whether or not he needs to stay round or transfer right into a part-time function after three premierships.
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Whereas many within the trade will solely consider Bellamy is actually retired after they see him stroll out the door, he informed Fox League’s NRL 360 he needs to offer the Storm as a lot time as potential to search out his alternative.
“I’m fairly certain that is gonna be my final yr as a head coach. I’ll nonetheless be across the membership a bit in a part-time function on the finish of this yr, however nothing’s actually modified,” he defined.
“I’m not fairly certain when the membership needs a particular reply however I need to give (them) loads of time to discover a new coach … I can’t see something altering this yr as to me not retiring on the finish of the yr.”
Now getting into his twenty first season in cost, Bellamy has taken the Storm to 9 grand finals, a outstanding run of longevity turning the enlargement membership right into a perennial powerhouse.
“There’s some elements of the sport that you simply actually get pleasure from, there’s different elements you don’t actually get pleasure from,” he defined.
“I get pleasure from being across the gamers, the banter but in addition I’m critical at occasions as properly and anticipating the gamers to be that as properly.
“I’ve been right here a very long time and I feel it’s simply time for the membership to have a brand new coach as properly.
“However as I stated, I simply get this sense that my time’s nearly up, however you will be certain I’ll put every part into this yr and I received’t be occurring holidays any time quickly.”
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