According to Fox Sports’ James Hooper, Parramatta playmaker Corey Norman has been shopped around by the Eels following their disappointing 2018 season.
The problem is, no one is willing to take him.
Speaking on Fox League’s Big League Wrap, former player Michael Ennis has had his say regarding the matter.
Ennis says there has been talk all season about Norman and his fellow half Mitchell Moses not getting along.
“He’s on $920,000 next year Corey Norman, for that sort of money and that calibre of player in your roster, I think you need to deliver a little more than you did this season,” Ennis said.
Norman has played 22 games this season for the Eels, only managing 12 try assists, scoring four tries himself and contributing to 10 line breaks.
The playmaker finished with 202.9 average kicking metres for the season and ran a total of 1960 running metres.
Hooper reveals the Eels aren’t too happy with the services they’re being provided by Norman and are considering offloading him.
“They’ve shopped Norman deluxe Mick, but the issue is they can’t find a suitable place for him to go to,” Hooper said.
“So nobody’s willing to chip in the money he is asking.
“As you just touched on, it is big, big freight as a front line playmaker and they just haven’t been able to strike a deal anywhere.”
Former Eels player Brett Finch also adds the owness should be on the club.
“If you’re paying someone close to a million dollars, they’ve got to embody what your whole club is about,” Finch said.
“They’ve got to be driving your young blokes off the field, leading at training and not only delivering on the field”.
Ennis then went on to finish by saying if Norman expects that type of money, he needs to deliver the type of performances that come with it.
“If he’s on $920,000, $500k of that should be performance, and the rest is about what you bring to the club,” Ennis said.
“When you recruit someone of that quality, you think of a Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith, these players not only deliver every week to the best of their potential but what they do to the game”.