The Sydney Roosters have told defensive coach Jason Ryles they no longer want him to be a part of the Tricolours 2023 premiership campaign.
Roosters king pin Nick Politis – one of Australia’s most successful businessman – has told Ryles’ agent George Mimis to go and find the ex-NSW and Australian an alternative gig and the Tricolours will grant him a release from the remainder of his contract effective immediately.
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When Ryles initially signed with the Roosters to replace Craig Fitzgibbon it was supposedly a three-year contract until the end of 2024.
Yet here we are in the middle of 2023 and Ryles has held meetings with Dragons board member Ben Creagh and is now the $1.04 favourite to take over as the new St George Illawarra coach.
Backed by one of the NRL’s most well-connected boardrooms, the Roosters have long prided themselves on being a club where a handshake is your word and accountability is everything.
In the case of Ryles they feel as though the club was misled and as a result it’s best for all parties if they simply call it a day and go their separate ways as soon as possible.
Once regarded as a transit lounge for players in the early 1990s, the Roosters are determined they will not become a transit lounge for assistant coaches wanting to work and learn under three-time premiership-winning coach Trent Robinson.
The Roosters have devised a fresh strategy to promote from within with the likes of recently retired captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend in line to assume greater responsibility with the NRL side.
It will mean the Roosters new coaching structure rolling forward will be Robinson as head coach and then Matt King, Brett Morris as assistants.
The club is also keen to promote retired champion players Cordner and Friend to work with the NRL side.
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