He was deemed ‘surplus to requirements’ a few months later, released to Cronulla Sharks, where he was barely sighted in first grade all year.
But it appears Parramatta are contemplating throwing the former Maroons’ 18th man a lifeline, despite already possessing a strong depth pool for their backline.
Despite the departure of superstar Semi Radradra, the likes of Jarryd Hayne, Michael Jennings, Clint Gutherson, Bevan French, Josh Hoffman, Kirisome Auva’a and Brad Takairangi all remain in the Eels’ squad.
The loss of Radradra could have massive ramifications on Parramatta’s season, the Fijian flyer doing a lot of heavy lifting for the side’s forward pack coming out of their end.
While Lee doesn’t bust tackles like Radradra, he certainly has the potential.
Lee stands at seven centimetres taller than Semi, and two kilograms heavier. If Brad Arthur could help Lee reduce his errors, the winger could be anything.
Coming off a lacklustre season where he featured in the NRL only five times, Lee would be a cheap pickup, particularly after the Sharks picked up the likes of Josh Dugan, Aaron Gray and Matt Moylan for their backline.