Storm coach Craig Bellamy has denied that he handed in his resignation following the seven-week suspension of Jordan McLean. Copyright: Robb Cox/NRL Photos Credit: Robb Cox/NRL Photos Copyright: Robb Cox/NRL Photos
Craig Bellamy insists he did not offer a written resignation to step down as coach of the Melbourne Storm.
Reports recently claimed the premiership winning coach had offered his immediate resignation, before withdrawing it 24-hours later.
Bellamy refuted such circumstances took place but admitted the seven-match ban handed down to his young prop Jordan McLean had left him disillusioned with the game.
"That was a difficult time for everyone… at the time I thought Jordan was a little bit hard done by," said Bellamy.
"A couple of other things added up there. I certainly never ever really had a resignation."
"It got to me for a couple of days and that's about as far as it went."
So despite what may or may not have transpired in recent weeks the Storm will make the trip to Canberra this weekend and take on the Raiders under the direction of its esteemed mastermind.
A roller coaster 2014 that includes four wins coming at a combined margin of 14 points plus a two-point loss to the Titans, this 11th season has been perhaps the biggest test for Bellamy's blood pressure.
Patchy form within games has proved frustrating and if not for a scintillating final 20 minutes against the Dragons, Melbourne would be making the trip to the nation's capital with a worrying three straight defeats.
However a ridiculous last-ditch try put that worry to rest but the club hopes the roller coaster settles into a smoother 80-minute ride against the Raiders.
"We have certainly had an up and down season," said Bellamy.
"We have been the one thing I don’t like in a football team and that is inconsistent this year."
"It we can find the last 20 minutes for longer periods of the game I'm sure everyone will be happy."
Perhaps not their opponent as the Raiders will be desperate to record their third win of the season after back-to-back defeats at the hands of the Panthers and Knights.
In order to do that Ricky Stuart's men must overturn their horror run at GIO Stadium, which now extends to six straight home losses.
Six straight home defeats by the Raiders have left their fans desperate for something to cheer about, who will be praying there is no repeat of the Storm’s visit last season - a 64-point embarrassment in round 21.
“They’ve got a really big pack of forwards, also with some really good experience in Campese and Anthony Milford is one of the most exciting players in our game.”
“They have probably been a little bit disappointed that they haven’t got better results this year.”
“They’ve probably been a little bit unlucky to be quite honest so I’m sure they’ll be fired up for Sunday.”
The Storm take on the Raiders at 3pm on Easter Sunday at GIO Stadium.