Parramatta Eels coach Stephen Kearney has confessed the signing of Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts will force his club to shed players.
The club’s over-supply of playmakers and No. 9’s will be slashed before the 2012 season, with Jeff Robson, Casey McGuire, Tom Humble and Anthony Mitchell all off-contract.
“We won’t be keeping everyone, the salary cap doesn’t allow that,” Kearney said yesterday.
“I don’t want to talk a great deal about next year. We’re getting two specialist halves that are coming to the club next year, in that sense we’ll be very well served in that area.
“The main part of our recruitment drive has been sorted. We’ve kept guys we wanted to keep.”
Kearney’s comments suggests Robson, Humble, McGuire and Mitchell could leave the club at the end of the season, with Sandow, Roberts, Daniel Mortimer and Matt Keating all signed beyond the end of the season.
McGuire’s manager David Riolo said yesterday he was in talks with the Eels and is confident of getting a deal for the 2012 season sorted soon.
Out of form five-eighth Mortimer has been guaranteed his position with the club is safe until the end of the 2012 season, despite being dropped to play for Wentworthville this week. Despite talk Mortimer’s future would be at hooker, Kearney yesterday ruled out the 21-year-old moving to the No. 9 spot.
“He’s committed to us and we’ve committed to him,” Kearney said yesterday.