It does not take much to know that Craig Bellamy is a simple man who has built himself on the foundations of humility and hard work.
It is that brilliance of simplicity that will see Bellamy step into the coaches box for the 400th time in his illustrious career.
Only seven NRL coaches have achieved the milestone, none that have matched the Storm master’s 68 per cent winning percentage.
Match: Storm v Knights
Round 6 -
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Having started his coaching career back in 2003, a lot has changed at the top level since then.
Sport science and training methods have evolved over the last 16 years and while the need to change with the times is crucial, Bellamy has remained firm in his belief that the basics will get the job done.
“Innovation is a big word in sport and in life now,” Bellamy said.
“Some people look a bit too much into innovation and forget about the basics. We have always been focused about getting our basics right in all sections of our Club and then just trying and find some things that are going to help us improve.
“But number one is to make sure we are doing those simple things, those little things really well.”
Storm training sessions have long lived in infamy for their high intensity and toughness.
This reputation came with the arrival of Bellamy in the early 2000s and has remained ever since. However even the training regime has undergone change in recent times, though the Storm coach admits it was one even he took some getting used to.
“With our training we’ve changed that a lot over the last couple of years,” Bellamy said.
“When we first changed our training I knew we had to do something different but I wasn’t overly comfortable because most of our training had been quite similar over the last 10 or 12 years.
“To change that was a big difference for me.”