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Eels insist club is united with Ryles appointed coach

Eels halfback Mitch Moses insists Parramatta are a united club after Jason Ryles won a marathon race to replace Brad Arthur and be appointed the side's next coach.

Ryles was on Monday unveiled as Parramatta's coach for the next generation, signing a four-year deal that will commence in 2025.

The Melbourne assistant beat out the likes of Josh Hannay, Trent Barrett and Dean Young for the job, while Michael Cheika was also considered.

Parramatta's powerful playing group had previously endorsed Barrett's push for the role, with Moses among those to throw his full support behind the interim coach.

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Jason Ryles beat Maroons assistant Josh Hannay (right) to the Eels job. (Darren England/AAP PHOTOS)

Moses is well aware of rumours of discontent at the Eels, with Clint Gutherson and Shaun Lane also vocal in their support of Barrett.

But he is adamant there is no issue at Parramatta, and that the senior playing group had been well consulted on the style of coach needed before Ryles' appointment.

"I don't know where this disconnect thing has come from. It's a bit weird," Moses said.

"There is no disconnect with the playing group.

"We're not winning games so the media is going to come at us and everyone is going to have these stories and start these stories.

"All we can control is to win games, so that's all we can try and do.

"We're a close-knit group at Parra, there is no disconnect at all. The club has got our full support as a playing group, and they support us as well. There is no disconnect."

Moses has made no secret of the way Barrett helped his own game as a half, insistent his win-loss record as an NRL coach was not indicative of his value.

"Obviously we haven't been getting the results as a team," Moses said.

"But I wouldn't be here today (in NSW State of Origin camp) if it wasn't for him. I have to thank him for that.

"How much he has helped me with my game and how to play in the halves and control games.

"The cards that Baz has been dealt, coming in, the job he has done for us. All the boys love him."

The Parramatta halfback said he hoped Barrett would remain on the Eels' staff, but conceded that was ultimately a decision for Ryles.

Long viewed as Craig Bellamy's potential successor in Melbourne, Ryles helped the Storm win the 2016 and 2020 premierships as an assistant.

His resume also boasts stints as Trent Robinson's right-hand man at the Sydney Roosters and with England's rugby union team under Eddie Jones.

He knocked back an offer to take over St George Illawarra last year, but has decided the time is right at Parramatta.

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Jason Ryles previously worked as an assistant to Trent Robinson at the Roosters. (Mark Evans/AAP PHOTOS)

Ryles' first challenge will be retaining the core members of Parramatta's squad, with star five-eighth Dylan Brown holding an option in his contract to leave at the end of 2025.

On-field results are also in need of big improvement; Parramatta has conceded more points (470) than any other team through 18 rounds to slump to 16th place on the ladder.

Ryles' appointment also raises questions over Melbourne's next coach, with assistant Marc Brentnall now appearing the most likely.

Billy Slater and Bellamy's son Aaron are other options.