Bellamy backs Addo-Carr’s fullback move as he says Smith would be perfect representative coach

Bellamy backs Addo-Carr’s fullback move as he says Smith would be perfect representative coach

STORM

George Clarke

  • September 3, 2020 6:10pm
  • GEORGE CLARKE
  • Source: FOX SPORTS

Josh Addo-Carr of the Storm reacts with Cameron SmithSource: AAP

Storm coach Craig Bellamy has given his backing for Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr to make the move to fullback, while claiming Cameron Smith would make a fine representative coach.

Melbourne have told Addo-Carr he can speak to other clubs as he seeks a return to his native Sydney due to personal reasons.

The Storm have laid down a stringent series of conditions to make the move a reality.

In December last year CEO Dave Donaghy said they would consider a swap deal for a player of “commensurate standing”, while asking for salary cap relief or a transfer relief as other options.

Since he has begun exploring a return to NSW, Addo-Carr has stated that he would like to play as a No. 1 given that’s where he featured in most of his junior football.

Bellamy gave the Australia and NSW star his support in making that switch, but still maintained that his best role is as a winger.

“Without a doubt, I think he would be a good No.1. I think it is a different sort of fitness playing the wing and fullback,” Bellamy said.

“He’d probably have to make a couple of little changes there, but I couldn’t see why not.

“I think he would work it out pretty quickly.

“That little bit more room at times and his pace – certainly he has turned into a smart footy player too.

“It wouldn’t take him too much to adapt to a fullback role. The role wingers play these days, they play with fullbacks.

“They’d be learning off that anyway. He is a quick learner as well, and he could make a success of it.

“Having said that, I believe that his best position is on the wing.”

Meanwhile, Bellamy says he’s not concerned with the time it is taking for Smith to make a decision on his future.

The 37-year-old’s next step – be it to retire, stay at the Storm or move to a rival NRL club – could have implications for Melbourne’s younger hookers Brandon Smith and Harry Grant.

“If it’s another two years or another one year we will take it as a club or a team but this could be his last year and we’re going to enjoy that,” Bellamy said.

“I can’t control what other people say but us as a club and a group we’re going to try to enjoy what’s left in the rest of the year … in the back of our minds we’re thinking Cameron might retire so we want to celebrate what he’s done.

“I think he would be outstanding as any sort of coach but he’s made the point that he doesn’t have that passion to put that much time into a full-time role.

“I think he will do some kind of specialist coaching, maybe one day a week, helping teams out.

“I think he would be an ideal representative coach, like the Origin coaches who do three games a year or the Australian side, who don’t play that many games.

“That could be more the coaching role that he would want.”