The Eels are now concentrating on finding a centre to replace Timana Tahu.
New Eels coach Stephen Kearney is understood to have contacted Greg Inglis, whom he knows well from their time at the Melbourne Storm, but the star centre hopes to honour a deal with Souths once NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert hands down his assessment of the three-year contract.
A bid for former Storm and Australian centre Matt King has also failed, with Warrington refusing to release him from the final year of his deal.
Tahu, who had asked to take leave until February to deal with personal issues, will be formally released from the contract he agreed to several weeks ago but Parramatta chief executive Paul Osborne would not close the door completely on the NSW representative playing for the club again. ”He’ll sever ties with us and if he wants to sit down and talk to us in February it would be a completely different scenario,” Osborne said. ”We’re have already started looking elsewhere.”