Kearns says Bellamy is up there
with the best

Melbourne prop Robbie Kearns has paid Craig Bellamy the ultimate compliment, claiming the rookie coach is already in the class of super-coaches Wayne Bennett and Phil Gould.

Bellamy, a former assistant to Bennett at Brisbane, has had an immediate effect at the Storm, with the club in a share of third after nine rounds of the premiership.

Kearns, a former N-S-W and Australian player, says Bellamy is as good, if not better, than the coaches he has been involved with such as Bennett and current national coach Chris Anderson.