The New Zealand Warriors' hopes of securing super coach Craig Bellamy mightn't be over with speculation of a caretaker being appointed next year to carry the club over until the Melbourne Storm mentor is free to cross the Tasman.
There was another twist in the prolonged saga last night when David Kidwell, widely tipped to be in the mix, withdrew because he became frustrated at the Warriors' indecision.
Kidwell is an assistant to Bellamy at the Storm and his withdrawal follows a similar move by Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney who has decided to take up a role with the Brisbane roncos next year.
But the latest development comes with Bellamy, the man who guided Melbourne to this year's NRL title, back in the club's sights, on a three-year deal that could be worth more than $4m.
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The Warriors have played a patient game with Bellamy and that patience could extend to allowing him to see out his deal with the Storm that finishes at the end of next year.
The Warriors would undertake the 2013 campaign with a fill-in coach.