NSW and Canberra Raiders assistant coach Matt Parish, left, with Laurie Daley. Parish has left the NRL club.

NSW and Canberra Raiders assistant coach Matt Parish, left, with Laurie Daley. Parish has left the NRL club. Photo: Getty Images

The Canberra Raiders will begin the search for a new assistant coach immediately after Matt Parish was granted an immediate release to return to Sydney. 

Parish and fellow Raiders assistant Dean Pay were assistants under current Raiders head coach Ricky Stuart at Parramatta, but followed Stuart to Canberra when he joined the club this season. 

After this year's Origin series, where he was assistant to NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley, Parish informed the Raiders he would be leaving the club, citing a desire to be closer to family. 

Parish was contracted until 2016, and the Raiders said in a statement they will begin the search for his replacement immediately. 

Raiders transition coach Brett Kimmorley has also confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the year. 

“Matt sought an early release from the final year of his contract for family reasons and the Raiders were sympathetic to that request,” Raiders boss Don Furner said.

“Both parties agreed it was important for this to happen now to minimise the disruption to the team and maximise the chances of Matt securing his coaching future and the Raiders finding a suitable replacement.

“Matt has been a fantastic asset for us this season and we wish him all the best for his future in the game.”

Parish thanked the Raiders for their understanding.

"I've really enjoyed my time here at the Raiders," Parish said. "There are great people at the club from the administration to the players and coaching staff and I have no doubt that what Ricky is implementing here will see the Raiders return to an NRL powerhouse."