The Parramatta Eels have won the battle for in-demand Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs playmaker Ben Roberts, signing the Kiwi International to a two-year deal last night.

The Eels beat the Gold Coast Titans and Cronulla Sharks to secure Roberts, who has been unable to dislodge young Canterbury halves pairing Trent Hodkinson and Kris Keating this season.

Parramatta wanted Roberts immediately but the Bulldogs refused to grant a release out of concerns they might need him to cover for an injury to either Keating or Hodkinson.

Roberts will join fellow recruit Chris Sandow at the scrum base next year, spelling a possible move to hooker for current five-eighth Daniel Mortimer.

Read more at the Daily Telegraph