SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08: Corey Norman laughs as he warms-ups during a Parramatta Eels NRL training session at the Old Saleyards Reserve on May 8, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Corey Norman’s move to St George Illawarra will provide Paramatta with $800,000 spending spree, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.

In addition, the Daily Telegraph has revealed that star recruit Blake Ferguson is in the frame to make a shock switch from wing to centre.

Ferguson was brought to the Eels to fill the void left by Semi Radradra but it is understood Arthur is weighing up where the 28-year old would be most valuable.

Getting Ferguson to take over Haynes role would also free up cash to chase another top notch front-rower after adding Junior Paulo to a pack that was lacking last season.

The Eels will also look to give rising youngster Dylan Brown a significant upgrade to warn off interest from the New Zealand Warriors.

The Eels would have loved to have had the money available to target David Klemmer before his move to Newcastle and potentially Trent Merrin before he bolted for the Super League.

Teenage sensation Dylan Brown emerges as one of the big winners to come out of Norman’s exit. The 18-year old is currently on a development contract but he will be fast-tracked into the top 30 squad.

The Eels are considering pairing Brown or Jaeman Salmon with Mitchell Moses in the halves. Brown will be given first shot following Salmon’s drink driving charges.

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According to the Daily Telegraph, the Dragons have offered Norman a three-year deal worth about $600,000 for the next year which will be topped up in 2020 by the money set aside for Gareth Widdop.

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      • Just stirring the manly supporters eels47.
        Of course it won’t happen.
        We will go into next season with the weakest front row in the game.
        This is something our inept coach should have fixed.

  1. Bring Brown into the NRL squad and extend his contract. The another front rower is a must and maybe enquire on on Brandon Smith, who looks to be stuck behind Cam the Stat filler for another 2 years.

    • 100% – without putting too much pressure and wraps on the kid, he looks the real deal. Get him in the squad and blood him this year. Maybe not straight up but over the course of the season. See how he stands up against the big boys.
      Another middle forward is a big must.
      I think we have sufficient depth in the backs but we lack grunt up front.
      I’d suggest they leave a few $$$’s for the june mid season roundabout of player movements, it happens every year and some quality players become available as clubs look to finalise their top 30 squad.

      • I guess for round 1 it depends on who you want to go with.

        Salmon will be suspended I imagine, and without Norman, the only other option to Brown might be Gutho. That means that you robably have to play French at fullback, as it looks like Gutho is looking to be a permanent 1. Then you have a centre problem too, which means Fergo might have to play centre, but if French is at the back, I want Fergo on the wing….. Fox Sports had Hoffman at centre, but that should be avoided at all costs I think.

        • Not that you can read too much into it at this early stage, but it appears salmon has been training in the centre position, so it may be he goes in there. Now dozy is likely gone, Brown or Smith are likely options, Brown for me but he wasn’t in the top 29 players registered, thought that may change now..
          Hoffman shouldn’t be any where near the top squad with Taka to fill in at centre.

        • Yeah I read that, so will be interesting to see if he does in fact play there.

          I am happy for Taka to fill in at centre, so long as it is a very short term thing. I don’t want to see Smith at 6 though, his decision making is not up to it and he crabs across field too much, cramping the guys outside him.

        • And we agree again, although I’d probably prioritise an experienced hooker over a big forward, but it comes down to who’s available anyway.
          I think there’s no shortage of competition in our squad for a wing spot, but assuming we run Gutho at FB, it’s a different story in the centre. I hope we don’t do a “well Fergo can play there”, because we need him on the wing, so I’d definitely run Taka’s at centre over Fergo.
          Ideally I’d like to be able to use the Norman money to fill void for 2019, but if the right player isn’t available, based on timing, then let’s carry some salary cap forward, given the number of players we have off contract next year.

  2. Would shop Bevan French out to Sharks, Bulldogs, Raiders who all could be keen. Would try offload Kane Evans too but this would be hard to find a taker. This would free up even more money too.

    1. Clint Gutho
    2. Greg Leleisiuao
    3. Micheal Jennings
    4. Brad Takarangi
    5. Blake Ferguson
    6. Dylan Brown
    7. Mitchell Moses
    8. Junior Paulo
    9. BRANDON SMITH***
    10. JAMES TAMOU***
    11. Manu Ma’u
    12. Shaun Lane
    13. Nathan Brown

    14. Will Smith
    15. Tim Mannah
    16. Daniel Alvaro
    17. Tepai Moeroa

  3. 1: C Gutherson ( c )
    2: M Sivo
    3: M Jennings
    4: B Ferguson
    5: G Leleisiauo
    6: M Moses
    7: D Brown
    8: N Brown
    9: Seggy ( 1 year deal )
    10: D Alvaro
    11: M Mau
    12: S Lane
    13: T Moeroa

    14: Jr Paulo
    15: P Terepo
    16: O Kaufusi
    17: R Mahoney

  4. James Segyaro would be a good signing for Parramatta. Unfortunately, the money seems to be coming all too late, Who’s realistically suddently going to be made available. Then again, it’s the 2018 off-season, literally anything could happen. Dylan Napa would have been perfect for them, as would Tevita and Corey Oates have been. For now, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Robert Jennings head over to link up with big bro

  5. Yeah I agree rob Jennings would be good

    I’m hearing the eels and dragons are after him as well.

    With parra having 800k to spend eels could easily sign him up

  6. What a relief for Parramatta to actually get rid of Norman , for the full amount they were paying him. They must have been dancing around when that offer came in.
    For St.George, what a massive amount to pay him overall & he’s still getting way over paid.
    Merry Christmas Parramatta.

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