The Parramatta Eels have pulled their multimillion-dollar contract offer for Jack Bird, leaving the Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks to battle for his signature.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the Eels have ended negotiations with Bird, feeling that the early season form of Corey Norman and Clinton Gutherson has shown enough for now.
The news of Cooper Cronk departing Melbourne at the end of the season and potentially looking at signing with a Sydney club will have made the decision a bit easier, as the Eels will no doubt be one of the interested parties.
Manly believe Cronk will retire though, rather than sign with a rival club and have to play against his beloved Melbourne Storm.
Earlier today, it was revealed the Eels are also interested in signing Wests Tigers five-eighth Mitchell Moses, with the club keen to lure him back to his junior club.