Lane Frustrated with Eels

Lane change? Frustrated Eels forward considers options

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By Adrian Proszenko
January 21, 2020 — 2.24pm
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Star Parramatta forward Shaun Lane has meetings scheduled with rival clubs over the next fortnight, after failing to come to terms with the Eels, in a bid to resolve his future before the NRL season kicks off.

Lane was one of the buys of 2019 for the blue and golds after transferring from arch-rivals Manly. The rangy back-rower, off contract at the end of the 2020 season, averaged 110 running metres and 28 tackles a game, earning him the club’s Jack Gibson coaches’ award as best forward.

Parramatta have retained the nucleus of their squad having recently re-signed key players Dylan Brown, Maika Sivo and Michael Jennings, as well as extending the contracts of Oregon Kaufusi, Marata Niukore, Brad Takairangi, David Gower, Ray Stone and Andrew Davey before Christmas.$zoom_0.496%2C$multiply_2.1164%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_355%2C$y_21/t_crop_custom/q_62%2Cf_auto/00e465fad1697d5566185fbfad6f81de3e9fd4a7 2x" media="(min-width: 1024px)" />$zoom_0.496%2C$multiply_1.9259%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_355%2C$y_21/t_crop_custom/q_62%2Cf_auto/00e465fad1697d5566185fbfad6f81de3e9fd4a7 2x" media="(min-width: 768px)" />00e465fad1697d5566185fbfad6f81de3e9fd4a7$zoom_0.496%2C$multiply_0.8862%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_355%2C$y_21/t_crop_custom/q_62%2Cf_auto/00e465fad1697d5566185fbfad6f81de3e9fd4a7 2x" alt="Eels forward Shaun Lane is a man in demand." />

Eels forward Shaun Lane is a man in demand.CREDIT:AAP

However, Lane remains unsigned beyond this year and has told his management to finalise his future before round one to ensure negotiations aren’t a distraction during the season. The 25-year-old feels he hasn’t been made a Parramatta priority despite coming off a career-best season. He will explore his options if an extension can’t be brokered.


“I really enjoy playing under BA [coach Brad Arthur] and I believe this playing group can be really successful,” Lane said. “Unfortunately, I haven’t heard anything about my contract since late October.”

Lane, considered one of the on and off-field leaders at the club, could come into calculations for a Blues jersey if he reproduces his 2019 form.

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“Personally, I feel my best footy is in front of me and I am focused on putting my name in Origin conversations when selection talks comes around this year, so I don’t want any contract distractions,” Lane said.

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  • Typical Adrian Proszenko beat up. Take 1+1 and tell everyone it comes out 35.

  • Why has this been such an issue this last 12 months? I can understand if you don't want to rush and sign players but surely the club should be in constant talks with the players?

    • Surely we have learned from the other players we have resigned that these things are in motion. I’d suggest Shaun should talk to his manager more often. 

      • Yeah fair call but if it's true that he is setting up meetings with rival clubs that gives the impression he has been in contact with his manager. Time will tell

        • I'll refer to my original comment.

          • He was quoted the other day how happy he was and his future was in his manger's hands.

            This is a managers leaked exercise and does no justice to themselves players and managers and also is not good for team morale..... we need to get beyond this shit and the journalist/s that wrote it.

            Finally, young Mr Lane should have a look at his record with many past clubs and start thinking about the fact he started getting recognised  last year, his first with the Eels, if that is an example of his thinking, you forget off and on field leadership ambitions.

            The type of response I have made here needs to be made by a Sterling or Kenny, Eels stalwarts not involved directly with the club, but with the club's interests at heart, so that young Shaun may get a message.

  • Once upon a time - there was no drama with a player still having 12 months on his contract, it appears these days though that players wont back them selves, they go for a new contract 12 months out and if they sign with a new club they ask for a release or agitate for an immediate release. Just go back to the old days FFS. It seemed a whole lot more consistant back then.

    • There is more at stake for players these days, and clubs are more ruthless now than they have ever been before. Players want their futures secured sooner. 

      • The eels management are certainly better equipped  these days to deal with it. I suspect its more that Managers have changed and the more money they see if they can get their client/player an upgrade. 

        I understand it, but hell I dont like it. All these players across the NRL still having 12 month contracts to see out, signing with other clubs. Just not a fan of it, dont like it at all, especially when it is Manager driven.

        As far as having their future secured, sure, but why not back yourself for the first 3 months, play out of your skin, get selected for origin or better still win a premiership for your current club, surely then your worth a heap load more money then just showing promise to do those things.

          • As has often been said, in years past players had jobs and footy was part time. That was only 39 years ago. When Blue Eel made his comment, I assume he wasn’t referring to 5 years ago. 

            And even so, it is still different because clubs are getting more and more ruthless in their player dealings. The days of farewell contracts for club favourites are over. Players want their futures sorted sooner rather than later.

            That said, I do agree that the NRL us in dire need of an overhaul of its labour management practices. Where I disagree is that I believe the impetus has to come from the clubs, they own the league after all. 

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