Storm manager Craig Bellamy says he's ne'er had "a much enjoyable subordinate to coach" than Dale Finucane and says helium would beryllium "devastated" if the off-contract back-rower near the club.
Bellamy's heartfelt words followed Melbourne's 48-4 drubbing of Newcastle connected the Gold Coast tonight, successful which Finucane failed a caput wounded appraisal aft leaving the tract successful the 30th minute.
Finucane, who's played 146 games with Melbourne since crossing from Canterbury up of play 2015, has been successful declaration talks with respective clubs.
Bellamy reiterated contiguous wherefore helium wished for the NSW State of Origin workhorse and Melbourne co-captain to prolong his vocation astatine the Storm.
"We privation him to stay. I don't deliberation I've ever coached a much enjoyable subordinate to coach, to beryllium rather honorable with you. He's that diligent successful what helium does," Bellamy said successful his post-match property conference.
"He's 1 of those blokes you've got to clasp back. You've got to enactment the reins connected him and propulsion the reins back; you don't person to get the whip retired connected him astatine immoderate stage. And that's what we emotion astir him, whether it beryllium successful mentation oregon whether it beryllium successful the game.
"I'll beryllium devastated (if Finucane leaves the Storm).
"But ... Dale has to marque a determination and I cognize it'll beryllium the close determination for him and his family, and I'll enactment that each the way, too.
"But I conscionable anticipation helium ends up successful purple again adjacent year."
Finucane is 1 of respective wounded concerns pursuing the Storm's dominance of the Knights.
Bellamy said helium didn't expect Finucane to beryllium acceptable for erstwhile his broadside suits up adjacent Friday.
Halfback Jahrome Hughes besides suffered what Bellamy believed to beryllium a corked calf, portion winger George Jennings is acceptable for a lengthy stint connected the sideline aft succumbing to a genu injury.
But nary 1 could person picked the wounded issues by the temper among the Melbourne outfit pursuing the crippled against Newcastle.
This is simply a broadside that's won 14 games successful succession, has a grounds of 15-2 this play and which contiguous broke the grounds for astir points scored successful the archetypal 17 games of a premiership campaign.
Melbourne's 632 points scored this play eclipses the erstwhile grounds of Eastern Suburbs successful 1935.
The Storm person besides notched 40 points oregon much successful 11 of their games this season, which is simply a grounds successful itself.
The Cowboys present look the unenviable task of gathering this almighty force.