24 Apr 2014

Storm coach wants Marshall - but resigned to not getting him

8:00 pm on 24 April 2014

The Melbourne Storm league coach Craig Bellamy says he'd love to have Benji Marshall at his club, but believes the former Kiwis captain is intent on playing with a Sydney NRL side.

Marshall's been linked with both the Cronulla Sharks and the Storm, after securing a release from his Super Rugby contract with Auckland-based side the Blues.

The former Wests Tigers playmaker would be a valuable acquisition for Melbourne, especially after losing five eighth Gareth Widdop in the off-season, and with the State of Origin period looming when the club is always hard hit with star trio Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater away on representative duty.

However Bellamy doesn't feel his team are any chance of signing Marshall, because Sydney is where his roots lie and that's probably where he'll end up - and as far as Bellamy knows, the club hasn't spoken to the 29-year-old.

Bellamy believes the half would have no trouble transitioning straight back into league and felt the short stint away from the game could be the best thing for Marshall, as he'll have his hunger back now.