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NRL - Rugby League: Bellamy focused on here and now

Melbourne Storm head coach Craig Bellamy says he and his players must remain in the present and not worry about future changes.

Dale Finucane, Josh Addo-Carr and Nicho Hynes have all departed ahead of the 2022 NRL season, while the Storm will also lose Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich, Brandon Smith and Felise Kaufusi at the end of the campaign.

However, with his side 9/2 to win the Grand Final, Bellamy says that the focus has to be on the here and now and how to be successful in the immediate future.

Bellamy calls for focus on present

He told the Canberra Times: "Those players that we've lost, we have missed them without a doubt, but we've always tried not to worry too much about what we haven't got and just worry about what we have got.

"Losing Dale, Josh and Nicho is pretty tough and we're going to lose a lot of experience next year.

"But we're not worried about 2023, we're just concerned about 2022 - while those players are here I'm sure they're going to give their all and that's all we're going to concern ourselves with."

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Newly-appointed captain Christian Welch was also in a positive frame of mind, telling AAP: "We're confident in our pre-season and our ability to play well and compete at the top of the table and I think that'll be the same this year."

Wests up first for Storm

Storm open their NRL season on Saturday 12th March when they head to Commbank Stadium in Sydney to take on Wests Tigers.

Last term Melbourne topped the regular season standings, only to be beaten by Penrith in their Preliminary Final, with the Panthers going on to claim Grand Final glory.

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