Melbourne Storm head coach Craig Bellamy insisted the winners of the coronavirus-hit 2020 competition will be worthy champions.
May 28 is set to see the return of the competition, which was postponed through two rounds on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The season will be reduced to 20 rounds following the coronavirus outbreak, but Bellamy said there should be no questions over the Grand Final winners.
“I don’t think so, at all. That’s just my opinion and [it] doesn’t make other people wrong if they think differently,” Bellamy told NRL.com.
“We are going ahead with a competition – it will be there for every club for quite a few months now no matter how it’s made up.”
“20 games is a lot compared with other football codes. It’s still a viable competition and in my opinion there shouldn’t be an asterisk against it at all.”
Craig Bellamy on the 2020 premiership.
— Melbourne Storm (@storm) May 19, 2020
The Storm were among six teams to have won their opening two games before the league’s postponement and Bellamy added: “It’s not as if we’ve only had two rounds and then we’re having finals.
“We get 20 games and that’s a lot compared with other football codes. The NFL has just 16 games.
“To me, it’s still a viable competition. So it doesn’t matter how it’s made up, although it’s certainly going to be different without crowds.
“But at the end of the day, it is still a thorough enough competition and in my opinion there doesn’t need to be an asterisk against it at all.”