SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Corey Norman of the Eels shows signs of dejection as he leaves the field following the round five NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on April 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Paramatta playmaker Corey Norman believes that rumours about him being traded will go away once the Eels start winning.

Norman brushed off claims, insisting there is no issues between him, coach Brad Arthur or the club.

“I don’t read about that at all, I don’t read into that, I get told it,” Norman told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I know my relationship with Brad is good and that Brad is very honest. The allegations getting about – like if I was getting shopped around – he would be the first person to come to me and tell me.

“I don’t read too much into that.”

Norman also refuted reports that he could be heading to the Raiders to rejoin forces with Ricky Stuart, bit he simply identifies himself as a scapegoat for the Eels’ poor performance.

“Nah, the first time I heard it was when someone came up to me and asked me about it,” Norman said.

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“It was one of my mates, I think.

“We’re an easy target at the moment. When a side loses five in a row, anyone can say anything.

“It’s easy to say because you’re losing, you know what I mean?

“A lot of people are starting to stick their two cents in because it’s easy to do, we’ve lost five in a row.”

The winless Eels sit last on the ladder and will be desperate to record their first win against the Raiders this Saturday.

Despite their horror start, Norman still has an eye for the finals.

“That’s what we’re thinking as a team,” Norman said.

“If we weren’t thinking that, it would be outrageous. I know the coaching staff all the way down to the players are thinking that.

“It’s only round six. I know we’ve lost five, but we just need that one win. We’re working our backsides off to get it. When we get it, it will click and everything will roll from there.”

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Although the Eels showed improvement in their loss to Penrith, they were unable to turn their pressure into points, which leaves Norman searching for answers.

“If I could have been able to tell you why, we would have fixed it four or five weeks ago,” Norman said.

“It’s one of those things that it hasn’t clicked, but I thought on the weekend we created a few opportunities and bombed them. Had we taken them, the outcome could have been different

“My form has been below par. I’ve said that before, I take full credit for that.

“I’m training hard during the week and it’s just not coming off. That’s the frustrating thing at the moment. Around here we’re training so hard and it’s just not coming off for us. Hopefully, we can go down there this week and put another good performance in.”

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  1. Honestly feel for the eels, one of the most talented if not the most talented, just can’t seem to put it together. Rooting for yous tho, still think yous can make the finals.

        • Fair call, that’s just the way he comes across. Doesn’t help his cause though that he has a rep for hanging out with lowlifes.

        • And yeah if you mean someone who doesn’t like illegal drugs then yeah I am one of those guys. People are free to do what they want but when you’re getting paid a fortune and one of the pre requisites is to not use illegal drugs, then there’s a certain amount of arrogance there. When someone says “I know what the rules are but I don’t care”. That’s called arrogance. Just because you may know him have met him doesn’t change that.

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