Despite scoring 7-tries in only 9-games Bell retired from rugby league at the age of only 20. He was released from his South Sydney contract to return to the North Coast of NSW in 2005 after not adjusting to life in Sydney and becoming homesick. In this time Bell developed a cult following among rugby league fans because of his tiny frame and his skinny (even relative to his body) legs.
At 65 kg Bell was even smaller than Preston Campbell (74 kg), another Aboriginal player famed for his slight frame.
His ability to tackle players twice his size was seen as a throwback to the days of Norm Provan and Arthur Summons. Bell also plays for South Grafton Rebels Group 2 rugby league club