Bellamy nearing decision time

24 May 2018 06:11:00 EST

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy admits he's considering taking a year off in 2019 if he doesn't sign a new contract with the reigning premiers.

The 59-year-old has been approached by Brisbane Broncos to take over once Wayne Bennett finishes his current contract at the end of next year.

Having a year off sometimes the game evolves very quickly and you could lose some touch.

Craig Bellamy

But Bellamy says he hasn't received a formal offer from the Broncos, and that he hasn't had chance to properly consider the new deal the Storm have tabled.

The two-time premiership winner is off-contract at season's end, with Melbourne wanting to re-sign him to a three-year deal.

Brisbane's hope is that he will commit to them long-term, but that would probably entail him taking 2019 off before joining them ahead of the 2020 campaign.

That's something Bellamy says he may be prepared to do, as he doesn't see the Storm giving him a one-year extension for next season if he announces he will then be moving to Brisbane.

The coach says the offer from Melbourne has been on the table for the past fortnight but he's not had chance to fully consider it and will do so during the club's bye week.

"Because of our program with turnarounds and travel, I haven't had the time I need to make some sort of decision," he said.

Speaking of the prospect of a year off, Bellamy added: "You could look at it in two ways - it could be refreshing and you can go and have a look at other organisations and pick up some things.

"Having said that, having a year off sometimes the game evolves very quickly and you could lose some touch."

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