Sport NRL coronavirus: Craig Bellamy says Melbourne Storm haven't 'put anyone off'

04:16  26 march  2020
04:16  26 march  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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While most other clubs in the NRL have been forced into making staff cutbacks and other cost cutting measures, Craig Bellamy says the Melbourne Storm haven't "put anyone off" just yet.

The NRL and its clubs are in crisis mode after it suspended the season indefinitely on Monday evening.

The earliest footy will return is June 1, with September 1 the latest possible restart date.

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With financial pressures already building, clubs across the NRL have been forced to make some tough calls, with the Panthers and Bulldogs already standing staff down.

That's not the case in Melbourne though, with Bellamy saying the Storm haven't been forced to take drastic action yet.

"It's a pretty touchy subject for everyone, not just footy players, but people," the veteran coach said on Fox League Mornings on Foxtel on Thursday.

"Whatever's happening in our sport, there's a lot more people in a lot more pain than us.

"I can only speak for the Storm at the moment, but we haven't put anyone off yet.

"Our hierarchy are looking at where we're at, and we're just trying to look after our people first.

"I'm sure there's going to be cuts coming, but we're trying to do the very best we can to not put any people off."

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Bellamy said he will get a clearer idea of where the Storm sits once the club knows how long the season will be.

"They're looking at a couple of scenarios, whether we do play for 12 games, whether we play a full season, or whether we don't play at all," he said.

"They're looking at those sorts of scenarios now, and when they get the results of those, we'll get a bit more news.

"But, we're trying really hard to look after our people first, and hopefully we can find ways around not having to put people off.

"But I'm not quite sure where that is at at the moment."

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