TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24: Corey Norman of the Eels looks on during the round 24 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Parramatta Eels at 1300SMILES Stadium on August 24, 2018 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

According toΒ Fox Sports’Β 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.”

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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”.

21 COMMENTS

  1. Wow!

    James Hooper breaking the big stories.
    It’s no secret Parra have been shopping him around for the last 5 or 6 months.
    Stellar reporting gumby.

  2. If his price dropped dramatically I think we would consider him, but he’s only worth half of what he’s asking. Maybe Norman should consider moving to the super league…

  3. Maybe overpriced but I would be shopping his halves partner first . Moses is inept , overrated and is a myth . Don’t know the reason for hype that surrounds him . Wouldn’t feed him .

  4. How can an ordinary 5/8 that has played zero rep football be on 920k. No wonder Parra are running last. Great recruitment.

    • Because they back ended his contract and paid him crap in the first few years when they were rorting the salary cap

      • That’s true. We rorted the salary cap pre 2016, and Norman is on a backended deal.

        Manly rorted the salary cap pre 2018, and currently have your 5 highest players all on backended deals.

        If your comment was simply stating a fact, then you’re correct. If you were trying to have a dig at Parra, pot to kettle buddy.

  5. Spot on Kev….Hooper is gumby for his breaking…perhaps he should continue to put the white powder up his nose, as he did after the Melbourne State of Origin…
    Nothing delights me more than seeing that ‘in-bred’ club, Parramatta get the wooden spoon…well deserved…one of the most grubiest teams who have the biggest sook in the comp, M.Moses…
    Brad Arthur prances around pretending he can coach…please…in other words, he is as good as Trent Barrett…both are rubbish!….
    Finally, Shane from Mt Druitt….hopefully you can read numbskull….the clown who always calls the Big Sports Breakfast and 2SM Talkin Sport, pretending to know about all sports…your wish for Manly getting the wooden spoon didn’t happen…maybe worry about your team Melbourne and how Bellamy will coach without Slater, Cronk and Smith…we all remember when he coached NSW against his boys…he got hammered 3-0…

  6. Everyone knows he knows gangsters, who said he throws matches? Parra know he made heaps of money this year and they finished last. Any team out their willing to buy a player who eats and drinks with gangsters? The NRL need to look at players bank accounts, there are some players out that are mixed up in the gambling industry “BIG” time. 😎

  7. Would be great player for lots of teams next year like the Titans, Knights, Manly, Canberra but 920k is very overpriced think he would get snapped up for a salary of more like 650k

  8. From and outsider looking in, Parra have backended Normans contract , so it’s not his fault he is suddenly on $920k for one year, in saying that, I reckon Moses is way overated , his only claim to fame is with the Lebonon team that was coached by Fittler, apparently (Moses) is upset that he is with a team that is worse from where he come from, perhaps he should have a good look at himself, me, I honestly believe that Norman can lead a team to finals footy, not Moses, just my opinion.

    • I think you’re very close, maybe even spot on, but am hoping it’s not quite that simple.

      You’re definitely right about Norman, but he can be too lay back for his own good.
      I hope it’s not that simple re Moses. He’s shown some brilliance, and not just in the World Cup, but he’s also shown some (let me call it) lack of maturity when things aren’t going his way.

      If a spine player, especially in a solid side, can’t wear reposibilty / try and lead the group out of the slump, well it doesn’t auger well.

  9. This is the side I would like to see next year.

    1: B French
    2: J Hayne
    3: M Jennings
    4: C Gutherson
    5: B Ferguson
    6: J Salmon
    7: M Moses
    8: Jr Paulo
    9: I Luke
    10: M Taupau
    11: M Mau
    12: S Lane
    13: N Brown

    14: D Alvaro
    15: O Kaufusi
    16: P Terepo
    17: T Moeroa

    18: R Mahoney
    19: K Evans
    20: B Takairangi
    21: M Nuikore

    • Semi, and in 2015 we may have tried something like that, and if we were Manly we may have even tried something like that in 2017, with a “Cherry” on top, but that’s not the squad for 2019.

    • Taupau will be at the Roosters, They are starting to free up some more cash by letting Matterson have a look around and see what he comes up with.πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“

    • Isaac Luke and taupau? And what about api as old mate keeps saying? Bunch of dreamers these spooners. Try not to buy yourselves out of trouble for once ps arent the eels rorting the cap again? Good luck with that

    • Are you kidding. Where’s Mika Sivo on your list? I’m sure they haven’t paid $500-$550 thousand a season for him to not be in the first 21 players. He should be starting on the wing.
      Norman.. They will have to pay $400 thousand a year of his payments to get another club to take him.

  10. Clearly there’s no secret he’s been/is being shopped around, that he can be too lay back for his own good, can be a party boy, can rub people up the wrong way (by frustrating those that are more serious/professional), but he’s also an incredibly talented player.

    If he’s creating (or is 1 of the major reasons behind) the disharmony within the group, then we need to move him on and pay the (big) salary gap (for a year) or move him to Wenty. A big part of me hopes that’s not the case, because I like him, but another part of me wants the easiest (actual) answer to what we need to do to move on from 2018.

    I think both Moses and Norman can be brilliant, and have done so together, at times, and both can go very missing and/or get soft, and have done so together too many times this year.

    Norman won’t go to SL, not at this stage anyway, because he is way too good for that, he just needs to find the right fit again.

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