Parramatta’s recruitment strategy is in tatters with the revelation centre Joel Reddy is on the verge of quitting and with Souths’ boom halfback Chris Sandow poised to reject a $2 million deal to move west.
And in a further blow to the former NRL powerhouse, Sydney Roosters forward Tom Symonds yesterday knocked back a big-money approach from the desperate Eels to remain at Bondi for a further three seasons.
Sandow is expected to announce soon he is staying loyal to the Rabbitohs.
At the same time, Parramatta have yet to even put an offer in writing to Reddy because they have been waiting to check his recovery from a shoulder reconstruction.
All this just a week after coach Stephen Kearney declared: “I aim to provide the necessary stability and direction as head coach that will ensure our retention program will hopefully put an end to our current players leaving the club.”
Reddy is tipped to sign with one of the three rival clubs within the next fortnight, with the Bulldogs and Cronulla believed to be among the clubs chasing him.Reddy’s manager Steve Gillis confirmed last night it was unlikely the City Origin centre from last season would be staying with the Eels.
After being heavily criticised for losing quality players Feleti Mateo and Kristan Inu to the Warriors and signing only old stagers like Chris Walker, Paul Whatuira and Carl Webb as replacements, Kearney spoke just last week about his plans to overhaul the Eels’ recruitment which included appointing ex-Broncos football manager Peter Nolan as chief recruitment officer.