MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Storm coach Craig Bellamy and Cameron Smith of the Storm look on after the round 26 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park on September 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The Melbourne Storm have unveiled their plan to keep Cameron Smith and Craig Bellamy at the club after their contracts expire.

Smith comes out of contract at the end of the year and has been linked to a move to the Brisbane Broncos, while Bellamy is expected to retire when his contract comes to an end next season.

However, Storm chairman Matt Trip said the club will try to keep the pair once their contacts end.

“My mission as chairman is to keep these guys [Smith and Bellamy] at the club for as long as we can,” Tripp told The Courier Mail.

“The Broncos would be mad not to show interest in Cameron, but if they want to try and pinch our players, I’ll get the gloves on and be up for the fight.

“Cameron has got a job here forever at the Storm if he wants it.

“Whether Cam decides to play for the Storm next year or retire, I want him as a Melbourne Storm participant, whether that’s as a player or as an administrator or in a coaching capacity.”

Tripp said Smith could move into coaching while Bellamy could move into a director of football role.


  1. Surely Cameron Smith would be in line for the Head of Referees position at NRL headquarters. He has had enough experience over the last 10 years.