Craig Bellamy has given the strongest indication yet that he will stay on as coach of the Melbourne Storm - with the club poised to offer him $1 million a season to ensure he stays.
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Bellamy is off-contract at the end of 2014, but talks to extend his contract are sure to crank up after Sunday's grand final against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.
Bellamy has been heavily linked to other NRL clubs, including the New Zealand Warriors, St George Illawarra Dragons and Sydney Roosters.
It is understood the Storm are ready to pay him handsomely to stay. The club is mindful that several key players have clauses in their contracts that allow them to walk away if Bellamy moves on as coach.
Storm owners News Limited also know that Bellamy would be fundamental to any sale of the club in the next few years.