Why Hughes’ deal hints at Bellamy future in two-horse race for Storm top job

Rugby league legend Mark Geyer believes Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes’ decision to extend his deal through to 2024 is an indication he knows who the coach will be.

Hughes reportedly turned down a monster $2.5 million deal with the Warriors to stay loyal to Melbourne and Geyer believes that means the Storm head coach is now a two horse race between Craig Bellamy and his long-time assistant Jason Ryles.

“Awesome wow that is so intriguing,” Geyer said on Triple M’s The Rush Hour with MG when hearing of Hughes’ signing.

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“He is a player that had a breakout season last year and he would have been in so much demand.

“It tells me one or two things. It tells me A that he knows exactly who the coach is going to be and B it is either going to be Craig Bellamy or it is going to be Jason Ryles.

“I don’t think he would go outside that system right now without Cameron Smith and not be coached by Bellamy or his assistant Ryles, who led them to the grand final victory last year.

“I think it is going to be one of the two Bellamy or Ryles because a player like him he could have got $1 million at the Warriors. He could have got $1 million somewhere else. He could have been a million dollar player because he had such a breakout season.”

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The 26-year-old will be 30 by the time his Storm deal comes to an end and while it is hard to predict who will be the Melbourne coach by then, Geyer believes he would have been told who will coach the team in 2022.

“He would have to know who the coach is going to be to sign on,” Geyer said.

“He would have said to the hierarchy at Melbourne, before I sign this extension I want to know who the coach is going to be while I’m here.

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“Of course they would have told him he is the playmaker. Frank Ponissi would have definitely given him that and I’m pretty sure he would know right now exactly who the coach is going to be.”

The Storm who now have all their spine players Harry Grant, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes all locked up.

“Watch the juggernaut roll on,” Geyer said.

Originally published asWhy Hughes’ deal hints at Bellamy future in two-horse race for Storm top job

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