Craig Bellamy and the Melbourne Storm are now truly synonymous with each other and that tenure will continue through to 2026.
Bellamy, who took on the senior coaching role at the Storm in 2003, has since taken the club to 17 finals series, five premierships, and seven minor premierships.
Bellamy also boasts the best win-loss percentage among all active NRL coaches and to date, has coached 490 NRL games.
Coaching will not be Bellamy’s avenue forever and he will work with the Storm to see where his next role may take him at the club.
“There has been a lot of moving parts on and off the footy field, but it’s good to have finality on the decision,” Bellamy said.
“I will be the head coach next year and then I will sit down with the club at the end of each year and talk about what role I might play.
“At some time during this period, I will take on a different role in coaching and in the commercial area.”
Bellamy also praised the players for their efforts and how much he has enjoyed working with them over the years.
“I really enjoy working with this group of players and staff,” Bellamy continued.
“It’s a typical Storm group in that they work hard and have great care in what they do and great care for the Club.”
Managing to keep Bellamy around for the long term is an asset for the club in the eyes of Storm Chairman Matt Tripp.
“Craig is one of the most respected and regarded coaches, not just in rugby league but in world sport,” Tripp said.
“We see the influence he has as a coach and as a mentor and leader for our players, coaches, and staff which makes him one of the most sought-after people in the game.”