Eels youngster Bevan French may be on the way out of Parramatta after he has not been able to cement a position at fullback for the club.
French spent the first three games at fullback while Clint Gutherson was recovering from his 2017 ACL tear and Jarryd Hayne was not fit enough to play the position with a hip complaint.
The 22-year old was eventually moved to a wing, although his preference is to play fullback, which has left him seeking opportunities elsewhere where can play in the no.1 jersey.
French joins Hayne and Corey Norman whose future remain up in the air at Parramatta. Hayne is uncontracted for next season, while French and Norman still have deals in place for 2019.
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that French’s management have approached rival clubs about their needs for a fullback. Gold Coast, North Queensland and the Wests Tigers are all clubs who are thin in the defensive position and may be interested in his services.
French debuted for Parramatta in 2016 and has made 37 NRL appearances, scoring 31 tries.
The Eels began this season with premiership aspirations, but are currently dwindling at the bottom of the ladder, which has left the club needing to make key decisions on their list and a potential makeover in need.
Hayne and Norman have done little this season to warrant a contract extension, while Mitchell Moses would likely be granted a release if he desired so. Hayne has yet to repay the Eels for the $500,000 gamble they took on him.
The Parramatta board will meet on Wednesday to discuss the club’s poor start to 2019 and the potential need for a head of football, a position which is currently occupied by their domain chief executive Bernie Gurr. Eels chairman Max Donnelly will also consider a newfound agenda that would allow previous directors to again run for board.