Melbourne’s stay in Queensland may last a lot longer than planned, with coach Craig Bellamy conceding the club could be forced to stay there for the entire season.
The Storm have set up camp at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.
The initial plan was a two-week stay after being forced out of Victoria due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
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However, the number of cases does not appear like it will slow down which has left a frank Bellamy accepting the reality that his side may become the league’s fourth Queensland team for the whole season.
“I think we’re going to here for longer rather than shorter to be quite honest,” Bellamy told the Courier Mail.
“When we first were told it was 2-3 weeks at worst. But from a few figures we got the other day from the NRL I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re here for the rest of the season.
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“It depends what happens down in Melbourne.”
The Storm will take on defending premiers the Sydney Roosters in a blockbuster clash on Thursday night at Suncorp Stadium.
However, Bellamy says the team is hoping to play their Round 10 clash with the Titans at Sunshine Coast Stadium with the intention of moving all their home games there while stuck in Queensland.
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Melbourne have previously shifted matches from AAMI Park to the Kawana Waters venue, including last year’s meeting with the Warriors.
“I would love to play an NRL game here (on the Sunshine Coast),” he said.
“We are in the throes of trying to play the Titans game here.
“I’m not quite sure what has to happen for that to happen, but the NRL has played games here before, not only trial games but Souths played the Warriors here.
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“If we are going to be here a whole heap of time we would like to play our games here because we won’t have as much travel like we would to Suncorp Stadium.
“The Reds are playing at Suncorp, so I don’t think we can play the Titans there. We would certainly look to play our home games up here.”