Bel­lamy to name side on match eve

Townsville Bulletin - - NRL -

MEL­BOURNE coach Craig Bel­lamy could wait un­til match eve to de­cide on his lineup to face Manly in their round one NRL clash on Satur­day.

Bel­lamy will name an ex­panded squad as he gives a host of in­jured play­ers as much time as pos­si­ble to prove their fit­ness.

One cer­tain to start the Storm’s first match for NRL competition points since last April is full­back Billy Slater, who has re­cov­ered from shoul­der surgery.

Pleas to play Souths re­cruit Beau Cham­pion, who hasn’t man­aged a Storm trial due to in­jury, ap­pear to have fallen on deaf ears.

‘‘ He’s prob­a­bly been on the edge for a lit­tle while with that head in­jury and now the calf, I’d prob­a­bly say he’s pretty un­likely,’’ the coach said.

Five-eighth Mau­rice Blair, cen­tre Chase Stan­ley and for­wards Sika Manu and Rory Kost­jasyn are among the in­jured brigade.

‘‘ I’d like to have the line-up set­tled but we’ve got a few in­juries,’’ Bel­lamy said.

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