Craig Bellamy sends cross-code Alastair Clarkson warning to Tigers
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Craig Bellamy sends cross-code Alastair Clarkson warning to Tigers

“Tigers, beware.”

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy claims he doesn’t have any forewarning, but he hasn’t ruled out close mate Alastair Clarkson having a secret plan to take down Richmond on Thursday night.

Craig Bellamy believes Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson will have something up his sleeve.

Craig Bellamy believes Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson will have something up his sleeve.

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The Storm boss and Clarkson have formed a close friendship over their years coaching in Melbourne with Clarkson in the Storm rooms after they won last year’s NRL grand final.

Bellamy and the Storm have their own tough challenge when they host a qualifying final against South Sydney Rabbitohs at AAMI Park on Friday night, but Bellamy was asked on Thursday whether he knew if Clarkson had a plan to take down the AFL premiership favourites Richmond.

“I heard him on the radio coming in this morning and he sounded like he is looking forward to it, sounds like he is quite confident,” Bellamy said with a grin.

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“I haven’t spoken to him for a little while, not quite sure what he has cooked up, but Alastair is very experienced around this time of year and has great success. So beware, the Tigers.”

The Storm and Hawks have built a connection based on mutual admiration over the years with Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Will Chambers and several other Storm stars keen followers of the AFL side.

Bellamy also has a distant connection to Richmond as he was very close friends with the late Tommy Hafey, who mentored Bellamy during his early years in Victoria.

Chambers is also friends with Richmond star Dustin Martin.

Bellamy said he is confident that Cameron Munster (knee), Billy Slater (family illness) and Suliasi Vunivalu (hamstring) will be back in uniform for the club on Friday night after training well this week.