The Parramatta Eels are on the brink of another halves coup, with former Kiwis international Ben Roberts expected to sign a two-year deal, as rumoured earlier this week on Zero Tackle.

Having already secured Chris Sandow as their marquee signing for next season, the Eels are poised to further bolster their playmaking options by beating the Cronulla Sharks to the Bulldogs five-eighth’s signature.

Several other clubs – including the Gold Coast Titans and Sydney Roosters – had expressed interest in Roberts, who has been stuck behind off-season recruits Kris Keating and Trent Hodkinson at Canterbury this season. While the Eels were prepared to consider an immediate transfer, Canterbury were keen to have Roberts as insurance for injuries this year.

The Eels deal is expected to be finalised when Roberts and his management team sort through the final details at a meeting tentatively booked for Tuesday.

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