Daniel Mortimer
Looking for release

Daniel Mortimer free to leave Eels for ESL

Daniel Mortimer’s NRL career was at a crossroads last night after the Parramatta Eels gave him their blessing to explore options in the English Super League.

Despite having two years to run on his current deal, Mortimer yesterday approached Parramatta CEO Paul Osborne via his agent for permission to negotiate elsewhere.

The Daily Telegraph understands Mortimer’s manager, Steve Gillis, has already made preliminary contact with new Salford coach Mat Parish.

British sources last night revealed Parish – who is in the market for a new playmaking utility – had been offered Mortimer’s services this week.

Speaking shortly before the Eels tackled Canterbury at ANZ Stadium last night Osborne confirmed the club had agreed to Mortimer’s request. “Steve contacted me today to see if we would be OK for Daniel to have a look around and see what opportunities might be out there,” Osborne said.

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It’s believed a release, if reached, would free up more than $500,000 in Parramatta’s cap over the next two years enabling the club to comfortably accommodate Maroons centre Willie Tonga without shedding any further players.

However, The Daily Telegraph also understands another contracted member of the NRL squad is already in extended negotiations to join an English club.

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