With Manly and Cronulla losing their star five-eights, they have been searching for a suitable replacement player, with reports that Parramatta’s Corey Norman is a potential candidate.
Rumours of a falling out between Norman and Arthur have been swirling, with claims that the 26-year old Norman was ‘unhappy’ and wanted out of Parramatta.
This couldn’t be further from the truth according to Arthur.
“We don’t want to sell Corey Norman,” Arthur said.
“He doesn’t want to go anywhere.
“We are very settled with Corey and Mitchell as our halves and they are signed until the end of 2019.
“Corey is happy where he is. Corey is coming into his fifth year with our club.”
Even after Hayne’s signing, Arthur’s adamant that he won’t have to offload other players to fit the Fijian international in the salary cap.
“Because we have signed Jarryd Hayne everyone is saying we have to release some players,” Arthur said.
“Everyone forgets we have the same amount of backs to what we had last year.
“Semi (Radradra) has left, Jarryd has come in and we have still got two spots on our squad.
“We don’t have to move any player from our squad.
“We actually have to add two players to our squad (to complete the 30-man roster).”