Eels eye woods


Manly and Parramatta have made a play for prop Aaron Woods after he was told by incoming Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon he isn’t wanted for next season.

The Sea Eagles and Eels have both spoken to Woods this past week as they seek to bolster their respective forward packs for 2022. Fitzgibbon had a face-to-face meeting with Woods to let him know the Sharks were “moving in a different direction” next year.

Woods, who is in the final year of a three-year deal worth $600,000 annually, is understood to have offered to stay at Cronulla for just $180,000 next year, but Fitzgibbon was clear there was no space for him.

Woods, 30, can expect to earn more than $200,000 wherever he lands next; a big pay-cut from where he’s at but still enough to keep him in Australia and attempt to reignite his career under a new coach.

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  • B.A does like his baragain basement type players and the challenge of turning them around!


  • I would take him on the cheap. 
    A good bloke who players like and fits the no dickhead policy. 
    if we had prop injuries he could fill in and go a job or provide some bench time. 
    Nobody thought Cartwright was worth a contract either. 

  • eels interested in Cartwright - outrage outrage outrage

    eels sign Cartwright - outrange outrage outrage

    Cartwright has a big offseason - eels fans now party carty style.


    • Not sure Carty party is on yet. Yes he is playing good footy tradesmen like. Bit to prove yet. 

    • I will honestly say I was on the Carty Farty side and not the Carty Party side . At this stage he's proved me wrong . 

  • Woods will love it at Manly. Well I hope he does.

    Eels might be running him up so Manly have to pay more.

  • What if the eels swapped Gutherson and Dylan Brown?

    We'd get speed from the back, someone whose good at defending 1 on 1, and gutho would get his hands on the ball more often.

    Could unleash a different dimension to our attack..

    • That's actually not a bad idea. Worth a try at least.

      Would mean that Gutho would have a lot more defensive work to do but he certainly has the motor for it.

    • In the modern game, fullback and five-eight are very similar in attack. Defensively, Gutho is a fullback and D Brown is a five-eight

  • Gutho's motor is needed at fullback not five eight. 
    Dylans defence is needed at five eight 

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