Bellamy storms out as Ryles heads to Eels

Jason Ryles with former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) | Jess Malloy

In a recent statement, Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy made it clear that he would not stand in the way of assistant coach Jason Ryles potentially taking on the head coaching job at Parramatta Eels.

Bellamy's decision to step aside and allow Ryles to pursue this opportunity has been seen as a generous gesture towards his colleague, signaling a changing of the guard within the coaching ranks.

According to reports from, the Storm have been preparing Ryles for a potential move to Parramatta, recognizing his leadership abilities that extend beyond the confines of the coach's box.

With Brad Arthur's departure from the Eels, Ryles has emerged as a strong contender for the vacant coaching position, with the Parramatta management forming a committee to make a decision on their next head coach.

Having honed his coaching skills under the tutelage of esteemed coaches such as Eddie Jones and Trent Robinson, Ryles has built an impressive resume in the world of rugby.

Returning to Melbourne where he ended his playing career, Ryles had been viewed as a possible successor to Bellamy.

However, Bellamy's decision to continue coaching for a 23rd season in 2025 has left Ryles in a state of uncertainty.

Despite the Storm's desire to retain Ryles, Bellamy expressed his support for the assistant coach's career aspirations, acknowledging that opportunities like this do not come around often.

Should Ryles receive an offer from the Eels, Bellamy indicated that the club would not impede his progression, allowing him to bring his newfound skills and experience to a new challenge.

"We don't want him to leave, but in sports, you have to take these opportunities when they arise.

If he decides to go, we would give him the blessing," Bellamy commented in a recent interview.

The potential departure of Ryles signifies a new chapter in both his coaching journey and the ongoing evolution of the Melbourne Storm's coaching staff.

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