With their round 15 clash just around the corner, Craig Bellamy has officially extended his stay as Melbourne Storm coach.
A four-time premiership winning coach, Bellamy’s new deal is until the end of the 2021 season.
That will see the coach many regard as the game’s best, in charge of the Storm for a remarkable nineteen years.
With 408 games as coach, Bellamy is fifth on the all-time list for most games coached.
His time at the club has garnered four premierships, six minor premierships, seven grand finals and three World Club Challenge wins.
The Storm know that Bellamy is one of the very best and were determined to retain him.
“I’m personally delighted Craig has once again recommitted himself to Storm,” Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said.
“He and Wendy have made Melbourne home and I’m sure the entire city will be as equally delighted by this news.
As the game has developed, so too have Bellamy’s philosophies and challenges, something Donaghy praised.
“Storm is a special Club, with wonderful people and an environment that allows our staff and players to constantly challenge themselves and grow in their roles – Craig has been a key driver of that.
“In speaking to Craig throughout this process, it’s clear his enthusiasm for coaching, especially our next generation of talent, shows no sign of slowing down. There is still much to achieve at Storm for him.”
For the man himself, there is no place he would rather be.
“I’m very happy to be remaining at Melbourne Storm,” Bellamy said.
“There were a number of factors to weigh up and I’m glad now to have my future decided.
“It would’ve been pretty hard to leave the players, I’m very close to the group here and that was one of the reasons I decided to stay.”
In the end, Bellamy was all about the loyalty to the club that gave him his coaching opportunity.
It would’ve been very hard to coach against guys like Cameron, Billy and Hoffy who were all here when I started in 2003,” Bellamy continued.
“Melbourne Storm was the first Club to give me the opportunity to coach at first grade level, so I certainly owed the Club something in that respect and I’m looking forward to the next three years.”