Ricky Stuart quits Eels to join Canberra Raiders in 2014

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Amidst much speculation in recent times that he would leave the club at the end of the year, Parramatta Eels coach Ricky Stuart reportedly quit the organisation late on Wednesday night to sign with Canberra Raiders.

According to reports from The Daily Telegraph, Stuart will sign a three-year deal with former club the Canberra Raiders that will commence in 2014.

The media outlet report that Stuart will officially be unveiled as the Raiders’ coach at some point on Thursday morning, with the decision reportedly “very much based on personal issues and care for his special-needs daughter.”

Stuart only joined the Eels at the start of the 2013 season and was widely viewed as the man most likely to turn around the tumultuous organisation.

However, under his leadership, Parramatta registered just five wins all year, with Stuart clearly showing signs pressure throughout the latter part of the season.

Former Cowboys coach Neil Henry is expected to become the Eels’ coach in 2014.

Having sensationally dumped coach David Furner last month, Canberra were obviously in need of a new head coach in 2014 and have seemingly found their ideal man in Stuart — a former player and legend at the club.

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Stuart played over 200 career games and won three premierships for the Raiders for the club, something that they will no doubt be hoping he can do again once he takes over in the new year.

The Raiders will become the fourth NRL club that Stuart will have managed after spending time at the Sydney Roosters, Cronulla and Parramatta.

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