By Margie McDonald The Australian: Craig Bellamy is assured of a third season as NSW Origin coach when he arrives back in Australia, after a fact-finding mission to Europe for the Melbourne Storm. During his travels to leading soccer clubs, such as AC Milan and Ajax Amsterdam, and English rugby clubs, including Leicester, Bellamy had the chance to touch base with NSWRL general manager Geoff Carr who was in Leeds for the Four Nations final. It was an informal chat but it appears Bellamy will take on the Blues' job again in a third bid to stop the winning run of Mal Meninga's Queensland. The Maroons won a historic fourth-straight series this year. "We've agreed to meet fairly quickly when he gets back," Carr said. "I can honestly say I'm fairly optimistic. "But we still need to sit down and find out what the issues are for him this time around, and hopefully solve them." Last year, Bellamy wanted more help from the NSWRL to look after the day-to-day non-football decisions, planning and logistics of each Blues camp, so he could concentrate on coaching.