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Catch up on all the best bits from Craig Bellamy's chat with the media ahead of Melbourne Storm's clash against the Brisbane Broncos on Thursday night. 

Storm’s Round 4 bye 

"We had the bye over Easter which was probably not ideal so early in the season, but I suppose we've gone from a Sunday to Thursday, so it hasn't really felt that long to be quite honest."

"We've done a bit of training, and had a little bit of time off as well. So hopefully we should be fit and ready for tomorrow night." 

Update on Cameron Munster’s condition 

"It's a pretty good chance that he might line up."

"As I've said before, the injury has been fine, or seems to be fine, then all of a sudden it flares up again."

"He's had a couple of the sessions this week that he's gone pretty well in. So, if he pulls up okay tomorrow after today's session then we'll just go from there."

"I think young Jonah [Pezet] has done a really good job. Cameron’s obviously a really experienced player too, so we probably missed a little bit of that - we all know what he can do when he's playing his best."

"We're not going to expect miracles from him, he's missed a lot of time training. He's missed the trials and the first four games of the season. So, it'll take him a little bit of getting back into it, I'd imagine."

"At the end of the day, we'll see how he goes tomorrow night. If he if he pulls up, OK, but if he doesn't, well, it's just another week, we've just got to get on with it.  

"It's not just Munster playing the Broncos. It's everyone."

Nelson Asofa-Solomona's journey back to the 17 

"At the end of the day he is an important part of our club and important part of our team."

"We just need him playing well and to get back into it. It hasn’t been an easy pre-season for him. He’s had some real hamstring problems and he hasn’t done a lot of work in the pre-season so that’s a little bit of a problem too."

"We’re not going to put him in until he’s ready. Hopefully, he’ll be a real asset to us if we can get him back in and he gets that time under his belt at training and in some games. He's just short of that at the moment."

"I don't know how long it's going to take, but he's training full on now so that's a good sign and hopefully it won't take him too long."

Status of the Broncos ahead of Round 5 

"They're obviously missing a couple of players at the moment, but you wouldn't have thought so after their performance last week. They've got a lot of very good athletes and they're big and strong and they run quick."

"When you’ve got a guy like [Adam] Reynolds directing them around the field, he's a really good player."

"He's got Billy Walters there, they help him out too. He's really experienced. You’ve got guys with pace like, like [Ezra] Mam and their outside backs - as I said, big strong athletes."

"It was pretty impressive last week how they played and they're going to come down here and probably perform like that again and we'll need to be on there."

"At the end of the day we can come up with all the plans we like, it's how the players stay in it as well. They're the ones out there doing it."

The Coach's praise for the forward pack

"We've got some real hard workers there, they've done a really good job and have got a little bit of leg speed in there as well."

"Harry [Grant], he's really helped those blokes along with his experience. He's obviously an Origin player and Australian player, so he's been really helpful."

"They're just a bunch of real hard workers and they've done a good job for us."

Craig Bellamy pre-game media: Round 5

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