Storm rookie won't be giving up spot without a fight
RUGBY LEAGUE: Ryley Jacks has laid down the gauntlet to teammate Cameron Munster when it comes to filling the five-eighth role at Melbourne Storm.
The 24-year-old from Brisbane, via the Sunshine Coast Falcons, wants to be more than just a fill-in after impressing in his debut at No.6 in the Storm's opening-round win over the Bulldogs.
Munster was moved to fullback, but with regular custodian Billy Slater's long-awaited return from shoulder surgery imminent, Jacks doesn't want to left out in the cold.
"I'm treating it like it's my spot now,” Jacks said.
"Obviously Bill is coming back whenever he's right and Cam could go back to the five-eighth role and I could miss out so I've got to make the most of how many games I get and keep performing,” Jacks said.
Jacks said his parents flew down to Belmore Oval from Brisbane to watch his debut that was six years in the making.
He spent his early years with the Sydney Roosters, playing under-20s and reserve grade (2011-2013) before being axed and eventually linking with the Falcons and working part-time with as a carpenter.
He said to play alongside Cooper Cronk made his maiden appearance all the more special.
"You couldn't ask for a better halves partner to make your debut,” Jacks said of Cronk, who, it has been rumoured, could hang up the boots at the end of the season.
"He's so composed out there and made my job real easy.
"I don't know what Cooper's going to do but he's fit as anything and I can't see him giving it up soon.”