NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13: Michael Jennings of the Eels looks dejected after losing to the Knights during the round 18 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels at McDonald Jones Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

The Parramatta Eels have parted ways with veteran centre Michael Jennings, the club announced on Tuesday.

It comes amid Jennings’ involvement with an ongoing enquiry with Sports Integrity Australia (SIA) after the 33-year was provisionally suspended in October last year for testing positive to banned substances.

It is alleged that Ligandrol and other banned substances were found in his system.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 22: Michael Jennings of the Eels breaks away to score a try during the round 6 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium on April 22, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Eels released the following statement on the matter.

“The Parramatta Eels and Michael Jennings have today agreed to bring to an end the terms of Mr Jennings’s playing contract,” the statement reads.

“Mr Jennings is the subject of an ongoing process with Sports Integrity Australia (SIA). Mr Jennings has been with the Eels since 2016 and based on its experience with Mr Jennings over the last 5 years, Parramatta does not consider that Mr Jennings would intentionally take performance enhancing substances.

“However, in recognition that the SIA process will take some time to play out, Parramatta and Mr Jennings have agreed to part ways because Mr Jennings wishes to allow the team to fill his position and have the best 2021 and 2022 seasons possible.”

Jennings has played 298 games for the Panthers, Roosters and Eels since making his first-grade debut in 2007.

He has also represented New South Wales at Origin level and Tonga and Australia at international level.

2 COMMENTS

  1. 30 man squad spot open for an outside back. Bring in Folau on a one year deal with 2022 option.

  2. Not a fan of the Roosters. Still how does Dylan Brown stay on the field , with the deliberate knees into the back of Drew Hutchinson ? Not even a mention of it by the referee at the time & no ten minutes. Hutchinson was put out of the game by foul play. An 18th player should also have been available.
    I see that as dirty , unnecessary play. Brown should be facing ten weeks suspension . If it’s broken ribs & a punctured lung to Hutchinson , ten weeks is not too much! Got to make sure that he & other players don’t think knees in the back of other players is the thing to do!

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