Eels star ‘on the radar’ of rival as ‘concerned’ teammates talk to club: Transfer Whispers

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November 27th, 2021 10:26 am

Parramatta’s pain could get even worse with a rival circling yet another star, while the club is going to have to “pay overs” to keep a big-name player.

Meanwhile, the loss of Marate Niukore, Isaiah Papali’i and Reed Mahoney for the 2023 season is reportedly worrying other players and they have raised their concerns with the club.

And three star hookers have already been shopped to the Eels as a replacement for Mahoney.

The 2023 roster is a sore point for Eels fans and things could get even worse.

Social media was sent into a spin when it was revealed on Thursday that star hooker Reed Mahoney had signed a four-year deal with the Bulldogs, to begin in 2023.

The news came exactly one week after fellow Eel Isaiah Papali’i signed with the Wests Tigers and two weeks after Marate Niukore signed with the Warriors.

And now gun five-eighth Dylan Brown is the latest Eel to be linked to a rival club, with Channel 7’s Michelle Bishop tellingSEN: “Dylan Brown is another one, the Warriors are keen, he is on their radar.”

Brown comes off contract at the end of 2022 and has flown under the radar with much of the attention being on the future of Mahoney, Niukore, Papali’i, Junior Paulo and Clint Gutherson.

It’s been a bloodbath at Parramatta headquarters lately, however there was one positive when Gutherson finally signed an extension after drawn-out negotiations.

But the skipper’s lengthy talks, as well as reports about what the Eels offered Papali’i and Mahoney, has put the club under intense scrutiny for lowballing players.

Papali’i knocked back Parramatta’s two-year extension offer at $425,000-per-season. The Tigers pounced and locked in the Dally M Second Rower of the Year on a three-year deal at $600,000-per-season.

It was a similar scenario with Mahoney who the Eels tabled an initial offer to and then upped it but it still fell close to $100,000 short of the $650,000 salary the Bulldogs offered.

The attention now turns to Paulo, who has had interest from Wayne Bennett at the Dolphins.

Bishop told SEN that she believes Paulo will likely stay at the Eels but the club will have to fork out the cash now that they’ve lost so many players.

“If I’m Parramatta I’m escorting (Junior Paulo) into the boardroom and ask him how much does he want. They’ll have to, they’re in no other position, they’ll have to pay overs for him,” she said.

“I can’t see him moving on to be honest. That’s one player I believe will stay, that’s my gut feeling.”

Bishop also revealed that there is concern amongst some players around what the 2023 roster will look like.

“There were reports around Parramatta not being interested in Nick Cotric. I can tell you now there’s some players that are asking ‘please, can we do something? We need to bring someone here.’

“That’s what level of conversation that players are getting involved in. They are concerned.”

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                • I get it Seth, the draught is hurting now

                  hopefully we can celebrate again soon

                • That's truly sad isn't it.

                  I truly hope you do finally get to see another one

                  day soon mate.

                  • Tank, not sure if it's sad, just the reality of how our club lurches from one false dawn to the next.

            • Agree 100%, the board couldn't give a toss about is winning a comp, they keep a safe coach who they know will get us into a solid finals placing.  It's enough to keep the members, sell merchandise and keep them in their jobs.  Never ever rolling the dice and having a decent crack at the title.

  • So much for not being a development club.

    Mother farker if NRL teams in need aren't parked outside Parra HQ wanting a piece who'd have thought.

    • when asked about the panthers success Gus put it down to development and connection to the community! sounds warm and fuzzy yet his doing the opposite at the bulldogs - dogs will crash and burn really quickly but it maybe be worth it let's see how it plays out

      • They'll win it before we - willing to bet.

        • Yep it's going to happen

          They have some heavy hitters involved in the club now 

      • Mick! great to see a 1ee legend back, how you been mate? youve been missed.

        • Hey snake, I'm well mate just took a short break - hope you're well thanks for the kind message my friend much appreciated. 

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