Split from partner plaguing Curtis Scott Melbourne Storm


The 21-year-old admitted his performance in Melbourne’s golden-point defeat to the Roosters was “probably my worst game I’ve ever played” and Bellamy reinforced the reasons behind his subsequent absence in Brisbane on Thursday.

“Curtis wasn’t playing well. When I make decisions to leave players out of the side, that is dependent on their form,” Bellamy said.

“There were a couple of things in Curtis’s games that weren’t Curtis-like.

“He has a couple of wonderful traits as a footy player and he wasn’t delivering those traits during games. Also, through the week at training, he probably wasn’t where he usually is and where we expect him to be.

With the integrity unit being involved … they have assured us and our CEO today that there is no investigation.

Craig Bellamy

“That is why he got dropped. There were no other reasons why he got dropped. It was because of his form on the field.”

The Herald understands a split from rising Australian triple jump star Tay Clark has troubled Scott and contributed to his dip in form.

In December, Scott was involved in a verbal exchange regarding Clark with a Melbourne Rebels player at the venue where both teams train, Gosch’s Paddock.

It’s understood a Rebels trainer stood between the pair to prevent a physical altercation.

The Storm had since contacted the NRL integrity in relation to Scott but he has been found to have no case to answer.

“With the integrity unit being involved … they have assured us and our CEO today that there is no investigation,” Bellamy said.

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“With the integrity unit these days, any little, small thing that might blow up or might get a bit bigger in the weeks ahead are supposed to be reported to the integrity unit.

“That is what we have done and that was six weeks ago. There is no investigation.

“There was one week there where we thought a week off would do him good but other than that, we think it is better for him to keep playing.”

Scott recently signed a contract which will keep him at the club until the end of 2021 and despite reports elsewhere, Bellamy insists Melbourne aren’t shopping his services to Sydney-based clubs.

“He’s got a contract for two years. I’m old school: a contract is a contract,” Bellamy said.

“Some of you young people, it ain’t, but for us we see Curtis as a very important player for us, now, and a very important part of our future.

“I don’t know where that has come from, to be quite honest, that was never really discussed.”

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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