January 23, 2022

Eels coach defends membership amid participant exits

Eels coach Brad Arthur says the membership “is in a greater place than it has ever been” regardless of Parramatta dropping a number of key gamers this low season.

Star hooker Reed Mahoney earlier this week rejected a three-year extension tabled by Parramatta to instead take up a four-year deal with Canterbury for 2023.

Mahoney is the third Eels participant to have signed with a rival membership throughout this low season, with back-rower Marata Niukore (Warriors) and Isaiah Papali’i (Wests Tigers) having already dedicated their futures elsewhere from 2023.

Arthur admitted the membership had no probability of retaining all of its departees.

“We wish to hold these guys, but it surely’s simply unattainable to do,” Arthur informed the Sydney Morning Herald. “It is unattainable to have all of them.

Reed Mahoney in motion for the Eels (Getty)

“Am I upset these boys have to go away? Positively. I recognize and perceive it is a courageous choice from them – none of them have loved coming in and telling me they’re leaving the membership.

“Everybody has obtained a distinct scenario or want from the sport, and I am unable to be the one which makes judgment on it.

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In some constructive information for the Eels, skipper Clint Gutherson will remain with the club till the top of the 2025 season after inking a brand new deal earlier this month.

In the meantime, prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard additionally just lately agreed to an extension.

“We have tried to do the most effective we will by way of managing our cap. That is extra about administration of the cap than what we expect they’re value. However I am not panicking about it, I am greater than comfy and I do not take it personally. We are going to get extra gamers, and we’ll develop extra gamers,” Arthur added.

“The membership is in a greater place than it has ever been. It will likely be larger than any of us.”

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