Bellamy says manager issues behind Addo-Carr Sydney speculation


“We haven’t heard it like that – I think he’s having some issues with his manager at the moment or they are having issues with each other,” Bellamy said.

“He has another two years to run on his contract and we will be expecting him to see out those two years.”

Bellamy joined outside back Sandor Earl in shaving his head for charity on Thursday with the pair raising over $30,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Earl expects his good mate Addo-Carr to be among the leaders in assessing Bellamy’s new haircut.

“A guy like Josh is someone you never want to lose,” Earl said.

“Hopefully we don’t lose a guy like that as there is only one Josh Addo-Carr in the NRL. I think you will definitely hear Josh’s laugh the first time he sees him.”

The Storm are in the midst of major changes to their outside backs after losing long-time centre Will Chambers to Japanese rugby and rising centre Curtis Scott to the Canberra Raiders.

Bellamy sees it as an open battle for two starting roles, although Justin Olam filled one of those spots for much of last season, thus shaping as a likely starter in one centre spot.

Marion Seve, Earl, Jahrome Hughes and several other candidates have been mentioned as possibilities for the other centre role.

Earl, who shaved off his “man bun” alongside Bellamy, has only played as a winger at NRL level but has thrown his hat in the ring.

“I definitely want to [play in the centres],” Earl said.

“In my first-grade career I haven’t had the opportunity to but if you can ever learn a different position it is here in Melbourne.

Bellamy smiles as he gets his hair cut.Credit:Melbourne Storm

“Although we’ve lost some good ones [centres] there [are] still some exciting ones and I believe that, with the work, early next year I could put myself in the frame.”

Earl waited until his coach had enjoyed a few beers at the Storm’s presentation night before dropping the question about shaving his head for charity.

“Sandor asked me when I was under the weather a touch – so I was always going to agree to it,” Bellamy said with a laugh.

“But it’s for a wonderful cause and hopefully it helps someone else.”

Earl doesn’t think his antics will cost him in the race for a starting centre role, citing his close relationship with Bellamy.

“If anything he has lost half of his jokes,” Earl said.

“Usually I’m a cheap laugh when he jokes about the man bun so maybe this has brought him on side.”

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