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Craig Bellamy to Coach in 2025

Craig Bellamy will extend his coaching record at Melbourne Storm, informing the club that he will continue as head coach in 2025.

Bellamy will enter his 23rd season as head coach having held the reigns for over 550 games at Storm since taking on the role in 2003.

Bellamy told players and staff of his decision to continue coaching at AAMI Park in the lead up to this Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against the Sharks.

“I’ve always maintained that I will only continue coaching if the coaches, players and club think I still have something to offer,” Bellamy said.

“As I said last season, my focus now is helping individuals learn and grow. If we can help players and coaches improve, the team will improve.

“We have a really settled list now and I have seen this group of players grow on and off the field over the last couple of seasons. They have already shown some great improvement in the first few rounds this season, but there is a lot more ahead for them and I am excited about what that might look like.

“Making this decision, I also wanted to make sure it wouldn’t hold back any of our coaches who equally make this club a great place to work at.

“Our coaching group is very settled now and, in my opinion, all of them could step up at any time and coach at NRL level today.” Bellamy said.

Storm Chairman, Matt Tripp, said Bellamy’s decision gives the Club the ability to focus on the remainder of 2024.

“Craig is coaching as well as he ever has and is not showing any signs of slowing down,” Tripp said.

“He has a great support base with his assistant coaches and high-performance staff which gives Craig the chance to focus on what he has done extremely well for 22 seasons at Storm.

“In our opinion, Craig is the best coach to have ever coached in the NRL and we were prepared to give him as long as he needed to decide if 2024 was to be his last in charge.

“His approach to this season has shown he has plenty left to offer and we are extremely happy he will be leading this team again in 2025.”

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