CHAMPIONSHIP winning coach Craig Bellamy is still a chance of leading the New Zealand Warriors from the 2014 NRL season, his manager John Fordham says.
Fordham met Bellamy this week to talk about the Melbourne Storm coach’s future, with his current contract due to expire at the end of next year.
“We’ve already had a discussion this week in Sydney. There’s no hurry because he’s got another year to go,” Fordham told AAP.
“It would be fair to say there are options for Craig when he concludes his current contract in 2013.”
When pressed on whether one of those options was heading to Auckland, he said:
“Those matters are private. All I’m saying is he’s coaching at Melbourne in 2013 and he hasn’t committed to any club beyond 2013 at this stage,” he said.
“He’s going overseas next week for two weeks, so there’s no decision on what he will be doing beyond seeing out his current contract at the end of 2013.”
It has previously been reported that Bellamy said no to a huge offer to join the Warriors for next season.
“The Warriors have got a coach vacancy from next year. Well, Craig is not available next year,” Fordham said.
“You can’t reject something you can’t do.”
Earlier this week, Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah declined to comment on reports claiming Bellamy would join the club after seeing out his contract.
The Warriors would hire a caretaker coach in the interim.
Scurrah did say however, a replacement for the dumped Brian McClennan would be named within the next week.
McClennan was booted less than a year into a two-year deal, after a disastrous 2012 that saw them finish third-bottom on the competition ladder.
Those linked to the job include David Kidwell, Matthew Elliott and Tim Sheens.
Tony Iro, who took charge from McClennan, was interested in keeping the role.
“I’ve gone through the interview process like some other coaches and we’ll wait and see. The story changes every 24 hours,” Iro said.