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Bellamy admits NRL end may be near

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11th December, 2019
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The end appears nigh for Craig Bellamy who admits he does not expect to continue on as an NRL coach after his Melbourne contract expires in two years.

Two-time premiership-winning mentor Bellamy has held the Storm reins since 2003 and had not shown any signs of slowing down this year.

He collected his fifth Dally M Coach of the Year award in 2019 after guiding Melbourne to the minor premiership, suffering just four losses in the regular season.

However, the 60-year-old admitted he did not see himself remaining in the NRL when his current contract expires.

Asked if he would still be coaching in five years’ time, Bellamy told Sky Sports Radio on Wednesday: “Nah, I don’t think so.

“I’ve got another two years to go on this contract here so I see that as (the end).

“I’ve been doing it for a fair while now and there’s probably a couple of other things I’m thinking I might like doing in a couple of years’ time.

“We’ll see what happens, but I’m thinking that will be basically the end of my career as a head coach, anyway.”

Bellamy also vowed to mellow in what looms as his final years in the NRL.

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The super intense mentor’s sometimes over the top reactions in the coach’s box have become legend, ensuring a TV camera is always trained on Bellamy during games – much to his annoyance.

“I get a little bit embarrassed at times and I think ‘you’re a dickhead, what are you doing that for?” Bellamy said.

“Earlier in my career I sort of accepted it a little bit and think ‘that’s who I am,’ but I’m 60 now – 60-year-olds shouldn’t be acting like that so it’s a little bit embarrassing at times.”

Bellamy’s more immediate concern is preparing a Storm outfit for 2020 without the likes of Will Chambers (rugby) and Curtis Scott (Canberra).

“We’ve lost some outside backs and that area is going to take a bit of plugging,” he said.

“We haven’t got a whole heap of room to move on the cap either so we’ll be reliant on a couple of young guys or a couple of guys with a bit of experience that are looking for an opportunity.”

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