Storm's fellowship of the ring
RICHIE FA'AOSO has selflessly offered to give his premiership ring to luckless teammate Jason Ryles if Melbourne win today's grand final.
Fa'aoso will play in the decider at the expense of Ryles, who hasn't recovered from a hamstring injury in time to take his place on the interchange bench. The gesture from Fa'aoso, who only joined the Storm mid-season after being told he was unwanted by Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett, highlights the bond forged between the players at the club. ''I might give him mine,'' Fa'aoso said of a potential premiership ring. ''He definitely deserves one, he's been in the game for a while and he's a great bloke, too. I've got a lot of respect for the guy. When he did his hammy at training I was pretty shattered for him, and the boys were too. At the same time I have to take his place because he's injured and they are big shoes to fill.''
A premiership ring is the only prize to have eluded Ryles during a distinguished career spanning three NRL clubs.
The closest the 33-year-old former St George Illawarra, NSW and Australian prop came was a grand final appearance for the Roosters two seasons ago.
Fa'aoso's journey to the decider has been an unlikely one. The Storm are his sixth club, although he will move onto a seventh when he joins Manly in 2013.
''I don't have enough fingers and toes to count how many clubs I've been to,'' he quipped. ''I've been around, I've been a bit of a traveller. They reckon wherever I lay my hat, that's my home. I've been doing it for so long now, it's not that weird.''
Fa'aoso's ring offer may be a moot point - Zed N Zed jewellers usually provide the winners with 20 rings.