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On Wednesday night the NRL announced five new rugby league Immortals; Norm Provan, Dally Messenger, Frank Burge, Dave Brown and Mal Meninga.

The night also included six Hall of Fame inductees; Petero Civoniceva, Mark Graham, Cliff Lyons, Steve Menzies, Ricky Stuart and Gorden Tallis.

Craig Bellamy shared his playing career with Meninga and Stuart during the glory years of the Canberra Raiders in the 1980s and early 90s.

He remains great mates with the pair to this day and took great joy in their respective honours.

"Having actually played a few games with an Immortal feels good," Bellamy said.

"It is great for Mal to win that award and for Ricky as well to join the Hall of Fame, it is well deserved.

"They are two guys who I know really well and I was thrilled for them."

As for the prospect of a Melbourne Storm Immortal one day, Bellamy would not make any declarations.

However he did contest there are two superstars by the name of Cameron Smith and Billy Slater who should come under very strong consideration.

"That is not for me to judge but I'd like to think at some stage it is very, very likely we will see those couple of guys in that group," Bellamy said.

"It is a very small group and it is a very honoured group obviously.

"Last night was a bit of a surprise when they named five. I'd say now they are not going to induct a couple for a while but you'd like to think Cameron and Billy would be considered at some stage.

"How long that is, I don't know but when you see what they've done for most of their careers and what they've done at rep footy as well it is quite incredible.

"That will be for someone else to judge though, not me."

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