An audacious bid by the Warriors to lure premiership coach Craig Bellamy across the Tasman has failed after the Melbourne mentor rejected a mutli-million dollar offer.
The Warriors originally offered Bellamy a three-year, $4million deal starting in 2014.
However, it is understood they upped the ante and tried unsuccessfully to convince the master mentor to take the reins from next month.
Bellamy, 53, is contracted with the Storm until the end of 2013 and was unwilling to leave the reigning NRL premiers a year early.
The former NSW coach's decision leaves the Warriors without a coach after David Kidwell and Stephen Kearney already rejected offers.
It is understood veterans Tim Sheens and Brian Smith are the only remaining candidates to coach the Warriors in 2013.
Bellamy is yet to decide his future beyond next season, with the Storm expected to make a strong bid to retain his services.