The New Zealand Warriors' pitch for premiership coach Craig Bellamy has fallen short, with the Melbourne Storm mentor closing the door on a multi-million dollar move across the ditch.
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Bellamy was the prime target for the Warriors after they were knocked back by David Kidwell, Shane Flanagan and Stephen Kearney.
It’s likely that discarded veterans Tim Sheens and Brian Smith will firm as favourites for the Warriors post, with speculation a decision by New Zealand officials could be made within the next 48 hours.
Ultimately, the deal fell over when the Warriors wanted Bellamy to start immediately as head coach in 2013.