Melbourne Storm reportedly set for official announcement on Craig Bellamy future

Craig Bellamy has reportedly accepted a contract extension with the Storm after knocking back offers from Cronulla and Brisbane.

It was revealed Wednesday night Bellamy has told Storm officials he will remain as coach through to the end of the 2022 NRL season before contemplating a potential move into an off-field role with the team.

The news was first reported on SEN’s Jimmy Smith Show where it was revealed Bellamy’s announcement will soon be followed by an announcement that gun fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen has agreed to a two-year contract extension, taking him through to the end of the 2024 NRL season.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Adrian Proszenko told the show the 61-year-old made the decision to end the speculation surrounding his future for the sake of his players.

Craig Bellamy in front of the cameras.Source:Getty Images

It was revealed this weekend that the Broncos had “given up” any hope of luring Bellamy to the club as a coaching director — and that a decision was imminent.

Bellamy reportedly had interest in moving to Brisbane to be closer to his grandchildren on the Gold Coast, but he has made the decision to stay in Melbourne.

Papenhuyzen’s decision is another reason Bellamy has decided to stay at the club with the Storm again appearing genuine premiership threats in 2021.

With Jahrome Hughes and Cameron Munster already signed on long-term deals, Papenhuyzen’s extension now means the club will turn its attention to extending the deal of star No. 9 Harry Grant.

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