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)

Playmaker Corey Norman’s move to the St George Illawarra Dragons on a three-year deal has been held up, according to a report by Fairfax Media.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Parramatta Eels are standing firm with how much of his contract they are willing to pay, which is currently $20,0000 short of getting the deal finalised.

Norman wanted the Eels to pay $300,000 for him to play elsewhere in 2019, claiming it to be a fair figure given the club had shopped him around for months.

Parramatta compromised with Norman and were happy to pay $250,000 while Norman is demanding they surrender $270,000. And until those finances are sorted out, Norman’s move to the Red V cannot go through.

Parramatta head of football Mark O’Neill was not willing to disclose specific salary figures, but told the Sydney Morning Herald: “As we speak right now, Corey Norman remains contracted to Parramatta.”

The Dragons refused to comment on the matter due to their lack of involvement.

Norman said farewell to his Eels teammates and coaches on Friday, and mentor Brad Arthur has already signalled Mitchell Moses to be his preferred playmaker next season.

Should the deal go through, the Dragons will look to pair Norman with halfback Ben Hunt, while skipper Gareth Widdop will move to fullback.,

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