The next New Zealand Warriors coach should be confirmed this week - but there is no sign of the "marquee coach" that CEO Wayne Scurrah suggested just six weeks ago, in the aftermath of Brian McClennan's exit.
Former Melbourne and South Sydney forward David Kidwell will be appointed as the eighth coach of the Auckland franchise, with Matthew Elliott alongside him in a football manager role.
While both men impressed during the extended interview process, speculation linking the Warriors to Craig Bellamy indicates they weren't the first-choice option.
It is believed that the Warriors still had hopes for the possibility of Craig Bellamy crossing the Tasman as late as last week but that door seems to be almost shut.
It had been hoped Bellamy might be ready for a new challenge after winning a grand final not tainted by the salary cap scandal.
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