Melbourne supercoach Craig Bellamy says he isn’t concerned that his two key playmakers Cameron Smith and Cameron Munster have not yet re-signed beyond 2019.
Despite Smith turning 36 next year, Bellamy sees no reason not to offer the veteran hooker a two-year deal.
After a tour of European rugby and football clubs, Bellamy, who celebrated his 60th birthday in the off-season, returned to work in what is his 17th season at the helm of the Storm.
Bellamy spoke with NRL.com and said negotiations for the two Cameron’s respective deals have taken a while.
“It’s obviously taken a while. Hopefully it will be done soon,” Bellamy told NRL.com.
“That’s all up to the money men at our club now, so we’ll see what happens.”
When speaking with Melbourne’s SEN Radio last week, CEO Dave Donaghy said overseas trips and leave commitments put a pause on all things contract extensions.
Rumours have been suggesting Smith is after a two year extension, but the Storm aren’t willing to offer that too him, with Donaghy denying the hold-ups are because of something sinister such as length or costs involved with the deal.
“If anyone has seen Cam’s form, he’s been outstanding. He’s 35 but he seems to be the Benjamin Button of sport at the moment,” Donaghy said.
Smith still seems to be at the top of his game, with his coach agreeing saying he has no issues with the 384-gamer wanting another two more years in first grade.
“I don’t see it as a problem at all,” Bellamy said.
“He’s going to be here next year. It’s just a matter of sorting a couple of things out.”
During the 2018 finals series, Smith hinted at a potential retirement if the Storm became back-to-back premiers, and finish off with good mate Billy Slater.
However, the Storm were not triumphant against the Sydney Roosters, therefore meaning Smith still has the desire for more premiership glory.