Bellamy: Ladder not the focus
Craig Bellamy has insisted he and his team will focus on performance in the coming weeks and not get caught up looking at the mid-table logjam currently occurring in the NRL.
Two points separate fourth place from ninth with Melbourne sitting among the congested middle of the table on 22 points in eighth position. Ahead of Friday night's blockbuster match-up at Suncorp Stadium against the sixth placed Broncos, Bellamy was clear on his team's sole objective over the coming weeks.
"As I said last week, its still a little bit early to be worried about the table, we're just worried about how we're playing, that's our biggest issue," Bellamy said.
"We've had two reasonably consistent performances the last couple of weeks, we just need to continue with that."
Commenting on the end of season departure of winger Sisa Waqa to the Raiders, Bellamy declared his disappointment at losing the cult figure but said the decision was made with the best intentions for Waqa and his family.
"He's a wonderful player but he has also been a really important player off the field to us. All the guys really like him and really admire the way he goes about his footy," Bellamy said.
"This was a decision that Sisa made for his family so that's the decision that we've made. What's best for Sisa is what is best for his family.
"I hope this doesn't happen too many times but in this situation this was the right thing to do for Sisa and the right thing to do for us as a club.
"He's got at least seven games to go with us, he played really well last week, I'm sure he'll be really keen to do that for the rest of the year."