Craig bellamy salary: Craig Bellamy’s latest three-year deal with the Storm would almost definitely be the last of the NRL’s high-paying coaching employment. From 2020, NRL clubs will be subject to a spending limit on their football departments, which means the remaining two years of Bellamy’s deal – 2020 and 2021 – will be covered by the new cap.
Those inside and affiliated with the Storm, as well as those passionate about rugby league’s rise in Victoria, we’re relieved to learn of Bellamy’s re-signing on a contract worth an estimated $1.7 million per year. Even die-hard AFL supporters admit that having rugby league’s best coach in Melbourne adds to Melbourne’s claim to be the sporting capital.
Any payments above the soft limit of $5.93 million will be taxed at 37.5 percent, so a $1 million payout to a coach that causes a football department to overspend by $500,000 will result in the club paying an additional $187,000, for a gross outlay to the coach of $1.187 million.
Even so, the Broncos would have piqued Bellamy’s curiosity. The Broncos will be a big force once again, thanks to a $32 million Centre of Excellence and a talented group of recruits.
However, the Storm has some promising young players, and living in AFL-obsessed Melbourne, even for a famous rugby league figure like Bellamy, provides some anonymity compared to Brisbane’s fish-bowl life.