Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has reaffirmed the NRL club's desire for Josh Addo-Carr to see out his contract in Melbourne.
In 2017, Addo-Carr signed a contract extension with the Storm until the end of 2021 but has been linked to a return to his hometown of Sydney.
Nearly two weeks after Storm chief executive Dave Donaghy said Addo-Carr was staying put in Melbourne, Bellamy said he expected the winger to be at pre-season training on Monday and beyond.
"We expect that he'll fulfil his contract, so until something happens other than that, that's what we're expecting," he said.
Addo-Carr has been a revelation since joining the Storm, with his club form leading to call-ups for NSW and Australia.
The Storm coach emphasised the club's intent to hold Addo-Carr to his contract and hinted at issues between the 24-year-old and his manager .
"... I think he's having some issues with his manager at the moment or they're having issues with each other, so as I said, he's got another two years to run on his contract and we'll be expecting him to see out those two years," Bellamy said.
Teammate Sandor Earl said he'd spoken to Addo-Carr and hoped to see him stay put.
"I've tried to obviously keep it on as much of a friendship base as I can," Earl said.
"If his circumstances do change in terms of his family, I'm sure that's going to put a bit of pressure on but a guy like Josh you never want to lose.
"So we're looking forward to him coming back to pre-season and hopefully we don't lose a guy like that because there's really only one Josh Addo-Carr in the NRL."
Australian Associated Press