Melbourne Storm great Cam Smith has heaped praise on long-serving coach Craig Bellamy.
The 62-year-old will oversee his 500th NRL game as coach when the Storm host South Sydney at AAMI Park on Thursday night.
Smith spent almost his entire Storm career under Bellamy and believes the three-time premiership coach is the greatest he has seen in the modern era.
“I think so,” he said on SEN Breakfast when asked if he is the best coach of all-time.
“I wasn’t lucky enough to see some of the early great coaches, I was too young to watch them go about their business.
“But certainly in the modern era, in the last 20 years he’s without doubt the best coach the game has seen.