Besieged Parramatta are preparing for the delicate task of tapping four of the club’s most experienced stars, including club icon Nathan Hindmarsh, on the shoulder.
The Sunday Telegraph has discovered that coach Stephen Kearney will tell Hindmarsh, Luke Burt, Shane Shackleton and Justin Poore their services will not be required next year.
Backrower Ben Smith, who has a chronic knee injury, is also expected to be part of the $1.5 million cleanout as Kearney looks to develop youth and change the losing culture at the club.
In the wake of the Eels’ 0-4 start to the season – their worst in 21 years – the club is facing accusations they have a losing culture.
By calling time on Hindmarsh, Burt, Poore, Shackleton and Smith, the Eels will free up around $1.8 million to re-invest in new talent.