Bellamy Tired of Checkbook Clubs, Wants NRL Help to Keep Stars

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“It would be really hard for us to manage if he went, but that’s part of the game.”

Bellamy wants clubs like the Storm to receive something to help them keep local stars or compensation for leaving.

“Sometimes other clubs just come in and buy players, they don’t develop players, they just recruit players,” Bellamy said on Friday.

“If you’ve been here for eight or 10 years and you were drafted before you played NRL, you should get some sort of percentage on the salary cap – I think that would be a good thing to watch,” he said. Bellamy said.

“You should get some kind of reward for developing players. I don’t know what the finer points of this would be. I know it has been mentioned several times and I would like it to be revisited.

The Storm will face the Gold Coast Titans at CBUS Super Stadium on Saturday and Bellamy walked in on Friday not knowing who would be in his 17s at the time of the game due to pain and uncertainty around several players.

Captain Cameron Smith remains on track to play but won’t be at risk if his back is still tight and with the club’s other hookers injured, Ryley Jacks is Smith’s understudy if he misses the game.

“I think I could be next [to play hooker] after Ryley, ”Bellamy joked.

Bellamy said he hasn’t ruled out anyone in his 21-man squad as he assesses who is right to play on Saturday.

A win will lock in a top-four standings for Melbourne, but Bellamy said his side couldn’t look past this game.

“We’re not particularly worried about our position on the table, we’re worried about this week,” Bellamy said.

“We try to stay focused on the present, if we stay focused where it matters most, the table will take care of itself.”

The Storm faces the Titans at CBUS Super Stadium on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.


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