Ricky Stuart: "Going to NT is good for the game:"

Pirtek Parramatta Eels coach Ricky Stuart, looks forward to playing games in the Northern Territory over the next four years and says it will be good for the players as well as the community.


I think its very good for two aspects; one is rugby league, promotion of our brand, of the NRL, the game and our great players; Also for Parramatta, I think its great that we look outside the box and go out and promote the game in other areas of Australia and offer assistance to the community," he said.


Stuart agrees with Todd Greenberg of the NRL, who says when Rugby League players speak, everybody listens.


Its our opportunity to go out there and speak and promote our brand of Rugby League and our club of Parramatta.


Stuart remembers playing up in the Northern Territory himself and says it has always been well-accepted.


Ive had games up there as a player and also as a coach and its always very well accepted. There are a lot of people up there who are mad Rugby League fans.


Its just a great way for them to see their favourite player, their all time stars in the flesh. Whether its in the street or watching them play. Its a great chance for them to see their heroes.


The Parramatta Eels will still play at least 8 games at their home ground of Parramatta Stadium.


The team will fly up for at least 7 days to train and take part in coaching clinics for Elite Pathways, and Sports Development and other community engagement.