Ryan in mix to join revamped Storm27/07/2018 - Author: admin - Comments are closed
GreenEDGE Cycling boss and Melbourne businessman Gerry Ryan says he will decide early next month whether to join the consortium that has taken control of Melbourne Storm.
European-based Kiwis Bart Campbell and Michael Watt and Melbourne millionaire Matthew Tripp have been identified as members of Holding MS, the company that assumed control of the Storm from News Limited on Tuesday.
Ryan has also been mentioned but told Fairfax Media he was yet to commit to the group.
”I think we’re all going to meet on the fourth or the third of June, when we’re going to discuss the final rollout of the new structure,” Ryan said.
”We’ll have some dialogue then and I’ll decide what I’m going to do.
”I don’t have time to be the owner or major shareholder. But I have said before I think the club can work.”
Ryan said it was his understanding that three individuals were already committed and five more had been asked to take part.
Ryan said he was impressed with new chief executive Mark Evans and that the new owners would ”bring value to the club” but believed it would ”take a few years to turn the club around”.
■ Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he always believed James Maloney, who lines up for the Roosters against Melbourne on Saturday, would be a first grader and added the ex-Storm player would not be out of place in the NSW team. Maloney left the Storm for the Warriors in 2009 after playing four first-grade games.
”I used to play against his old man,” said Bellamy. ”He was a tough unit, his old man. James is of the same ilk. He’s a tough, gritty player , he’s probably made for origin.
”I don’t really think about, when they leave here, what level they’re going to get to. I knew he was a first-grade player, without a doubt. He’s done tremendously well. He’s had a real good career over there at the Warriors.
”If he does get that [blue] jumper, it’s going to be an enormous credit to him. He hasn’t had the easiest start to his career … but he’s worked really hard and it will be a real pride thing for him and his family if he gets that blue jumper.”
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