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Should I spray or should I go?  Bellamy’s long history at Farnham of playing with retirement

For anyone expecting Craig Bellamy to hang up the coaching clipboard at the end of the season, hope not.

Bellamy has threatened to give the coaches the game more times than John Farnham has had farewell rounds.

Farnham retired in 2002 with his Last Time tour, the same year Bellamy made his NRL coaching debut.

He then returned a few years later for a series of concerts with Tom Jones (Farnham, not Bellamy), which led to a disgruntled fan filing a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Bellamy’s current multimillion-dollar contract with the Storm runs through the end of 2026, but allows him to transition from head coach to a supervisory role at a time of his choosing.

He was supposed to make a call for 2023 by the end of this month, but the storm isn’t holding him back on schedule and Bellamy doesn’t seem to be in a rush to commit just yet.

Heading into Saturday night’s clash with Parramatta, his most immediate concern being to find an available prostitute with Harry Grant and Tyran Wishart in COVID isolation, Brandon Smith has only a slim chance of returning early from a fractured hand and Bronson Garlick broke his leg last week.

John Farnham performs during Fire Fight Australia at ANZ Stadium on February 16, 2020. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

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Uncertainty over Bellamy’s future weighs on Cameron Munster’s mind, according to his agent Braith Anasta, as the star five-eighth, along with Jahrome Hughes and Harry Grant enter the final stages of extension negotiations long-term contract.

Bellamy said he hopes the trio will sign their deals soon, but his own future won’t be sorted for some time.

Assistant manager Marc Brentnall is set to replace the three-time Premiership winner if and when he quits.

Sportspeople often say they’ll know when the time is right to retire, but it’s clear the 62-year-old never got to that point despite toying with the idea on a number of occasions over the course of his career. of his superlative career which reached 500 games with last Thursday’s win over South. Sidney.

Should I spray or should I go?  Bellamy’s long history at Farnham of playing with retirement

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Bellamy’s retirement story, in his own words

Like many people who can’t let go of an aspect of their life that’s kind of addictive, Bellamy has constantly hinted that he’s been in the coaching game for quite a while not long since he took over as head coach. of the Storm two decades ago. .

He has repeatedly flirted with a potential move to Brisbane and even admitted he considered quitting altogether at the height of Melbourne’s salary cap scandal in 2010.

Bellamy after signing his first extension in 2004: “I signed [my first contract] for two years because I want to see how it goes. This is my first senior coaching experience. I didn’t want to sign a long-term contract and be a burden on the club or have the club be a burden on me.

In 2008, after rejecting Brisbane’s offer to replace Wayne Bennett, re-signing until 2013: “Over time you rock back and forth, I don’t know how much, but a few steps up there it was 60-40 I was going to go. It was a tough decision, I don’t think there was any secret my attraction to going back to the Broncos was that my kids lived there.

Should I spray or should I go?  Bellamy’s long history at Farnham of playing with retirement

Craig Bellamy takes a Gatorade shower after the Storm won the Grand Final in 2012. (AAP Image/Ben Zonner)

Speaking about the possibility of quitting coaching following the 2010 salary cap scandal: “I don’t know about proximity, but I’ve certainly thought about it. »

In 2012, after the Dragons made a huge play for his services: “The Storm have been very good for me but I’m 50-50 in my thinking as this will probably be my last contract.”

In 2014 after having re-signed with the Storm until the end of 2016: “I will be retiring after this one, I don’t think I’m going to spend much more time after this contract. Five years ago I said I would be done after my last contract and I’m still here.

In 2018, when asked about the possibility of him taking a year off before returning to Brisbane when Bennett moved south: “If I move on, it will be at the end of this year. I never had a gap year. You can see it in two ways. It could be refreshing and you can go to other organizations and pick up some things.

Also in 2018, when asked about his long-term plans: “I don’t think ‘I don’t want to do this anymore because I’m approaching 60’. If I don’t want to coach, it will be because I don’t want to.

In 2020 before guiding Melbourne to the premiership: “If you ask me six weeks after I’m done, I might get a different answer, but I think [the 2021 season] will be my mandate as head coach, without a doubt. I’m pretty sure by this time next year I’ll be close to finishing.

In 2021 after signing a five-year agreement with unique transitional clauses: “I’ll be the head coach next year and then I’ll sit down with the club at the end of each year and talk about what role I could play. I think I’m getting closer to that part-time role. The flexibility is anytime during the contract at the end of the season, any of those five years, if I want to pull the pin I can.

Farnham footnote: ‘Whispering Jack’ continued to perform after The Last Time controversy before concerts were canceled during the pandemic, claiming he never actually retired and the tour title was merely a reference to one of his songs.

To save you a Google search, his official site hasn’t listed anything in the upcoming tours tab, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be back. On a more serious note, the 72-year-old revealed he suffers from tinnitus – a ringing in the air – so maybe the last time he performed at the relief concert against the bushfires of 2020 was indeed The Last Time.

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