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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy hits out at NRL rivals Brisbane Broncos over treatment of State of Origin star Xavier Coates

Craig Bellamy called Broncos’ decision to put Xavier Coates, the origin star for Melbourne, on the bench “a little tough” and questioned what the demotion would do to Coates’ confidence.

In May, Coates signed a contract with Storm, which was scheduled to start in 2022, but later lost support at Red Hill.

Despite being named Queensland in all three origin games in the series, Coates hasn’t played at Club Level for over a month and has 17 spots in Kevin Walters to face the Panthers this weekend. It was overlooked again.

Bellamy said he wasn’t sure if Brisbane would “make a difference” by choosing coats again this season, but if so, he said he would accept to bring coats into the fold by the end of the year. It was.

“This is what we’ve seen (which took him early), but I’m not sure if Broncos set him apart,” Bellamy told reporters Thursday.

“If so, you would think they wouldn’t object to letting him go early.

“If it happens, it happens, if not, it doesn’t.

“There’s not much we can do about it. Broncos has contracts with them for the rest of the year, so what they do is up to Broncos.”

media_cameraCoates will participate in Nick Meeny and the Suafaa logo when participating in the 2022 Storm.Photo: Matt Roberts / Getty Images

Bellamy said he respected Walters’ right to choose no coats, but said the 20-year-old Benching was “a little tough” just because he had signed a deal elsewhere.

“If they don’t want to play him, they’re within the scope of their rights there, but it seems a bit tough, suitable for him to play, and if he’s not playing, it’s I’m not sure what it will bring to Xavier’s mental health, “said Super Coach.

“But that’s Broncos’ decision and they’ll do what they think is right.”

The NRL Club must complete the roster by August 1. After that, players will not be able to switch teams in the middle of the season. Therefore, Storm has a week or more to decide if he can play early in the coats.

But Bellamy claims the situation is low on his priority list.

“He added a little depth to our outer back, a little speed and a little size, but after all, we’re not going to care too much about something that might not happen or It’s unlikely to happen, “he said.

“My job is to be interested in what we have, not what we don’t have, what we might get, or what we will get next year.

“My job is to stay focused on what’s happening now.”

Papen Heisen had to stretch off the field in Round 10.Photo: Bradley Canaris / Getty Images
media_cameraPapen Heisen had to stretch off the field in Round 10.Photo: Bradley Canaris / Getty Images

Stormfulback Ryan Papen Heisen will play his first NRL game since Round 10 when Melbourne will face the Cowboys this Friday night.

In the Magic Round, Dragons forward Tyrell Fuimaono was sent off with a hit, leaving Papen Heisen vaguely unable to play the footer for more than two months.

However, it seems that the long waiting time for the 2021 Clive Churchill medalist is finally over.

“At this stage he plays,” Bellamy said.

“Obviously it’s been a while, but obviously it was a nasty effort he dealt with in the Magic Round. As I said, it’s been a long wait, but we wanted to be safe rather than regret. It’s just that. “

According to Bellamy, Papen Heisen was doing his best with “two to three weeks” of training in preparation for his return.

The coach said he had a “small plan” to include both Papen Heisen and his replacement Nicho Hines in the Friday night contest, but put his card near his chest for more details.

“We have a plan and we hope we have the opportunity to put it into action. We just see what happens,” he said.

“Hopefully the plan will work as we want it to, but (Papen Heisen) will certainly not play for 80 minutes.”

Melbourne heads to North Queensland with 15 consecutive victories.

Storm hasn’t admitted defeat since he landed on Penrith in the third round. As the most anticipated game of the regular season, they aim to make up for the loss just before when they face second-placed Panthers in the 20th round.

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Place of originMelbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy hits out at NRL rivals Brisbane Broncos over treatment of State of Origin star Xavier Coates

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