As is always the case in the NRL, when a player leaves, and is then replace by another NRL player in the same position – the burden and expectation that that player will be similar to the player that has departed, is always common.
For new Storm recruit Jason Ryles, who played in his first game as a Storm player in last night’s trial win – says that he has no intentions of attempting to be the club’s next Adam Blair, but rather, to be his own Jason Ryles.
“I’m not here for that,” Ryles said.
“I joined Melbourne as a late starter and there was nothing said [during negotiations with the Storm management] about Adam Blair. I was never here to replace him â€¦ ”
“My aim is to play as much first-grade football as I possibly can,” he said.
“I want to contribute to Melbourne and to also help the younger players out wherever possible. I was picked up by chance and given the opportunity to play for Melbourne, and I’m very happy to have been given that opportunity.”
With Ryles likely to work with fellow new Storm recruit Ryan Hoffman, his focus is to work on his fitness and all-round conditioning.
“It’s a great environment down here,” he said.
“I would’ve liked to have been signed up a little bit earlier so I could have had a bit more [off-season training], but that’s footy.
”I’m working hard on my conditioning. I haven’t really thought about too much except getting through the trials and making the club’s starting 17.”