Brad Murray
Eels release Murray

The Parramatta Eels have today released controversial youngster Brad Murray from his contract.

Murray has been under close scrutiny since last November, when it emerged he was part of a suspicious betting plunge on a North Queensland Cowboys penalty goal to be the first scoring play in a game against the Canterbury Bulldogs.

NSW Crime Commission detectives who are investigating the matter interviewed Murray, before declaring he had no case to answer.

Nevertheless, the saga has influenced Murray’s mental state to the point where he reached a mutual agreement with the Parramatta Eels to part ways this morning.

The club stood him down on full pay a week ago, prompting Murray to leave Sydney altogether.

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“I want to thank the Parramatta Eels for everything they’ve done for me,” Murray said.

“I need some time away from the game to focus on other interests and they’ve been very understanding of that.

“Hopefully I’ll be in a position to return to the game in the near future.”

Eels Chief Executive Paul Osborne added: “Obviously it’s been a difficult time for Brad and all the best in the future. We hope to see him playing again soon”.

Read more at the Daily Telegraph