Ryley Jacks is set to wear the No.7 jersey for Melbourne on Friday night.
Craig Bellamy made the decision to select Jacks in place of youngster Brodie Croft when Storm take on Newcastle at AAMI Park.
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It is a healthy competition for the halfback role than can only benefit the team and the players throughout the year.
Jacks played 12 games in his debut season in 2017 while Croft’s outstanding pre-season saw him earn first crack at the No.7 to start the year.
Now Jacks is back with another chance at the position.
“Last year he did a really blue-collar job for us – he played his part without a doubt,” Bellamy said.
“Last season there was always going to be someone come back from rep footy or back from injury. This is probably a real chance for him to grab something a little bit more permanent. Having said that we have a lot of belief in Brodie as well.”
Croft will likely line up in the Queensland Cup, where he will look to gain further experience having played just 10 first grade games at 20 years of age.
His coach is certainly confident the move to feeder level will help his development.
“It didn’t give me any joy to leave him out but I just thought it was the best thing for the team and perhaps the best thing for Brodie at this stage,” Bellamy said.
“As I said at the start of the season, we never expected him to play the whole season but after the last couple of weeks I thought it was the right thing to do.”