Parramatta must increase their offer to Clint Gutherson or risk their skipper negotiating with rival clubs, according to a report by the Daily Telegraph.
Gutherson's manager Sam Ayoub confirmed that his client's preference was to remain in Parramatta, however, “will not be selling himself short," after taking a pay cut on his last deal.
Ayoub will meet with the Eels' GM of football Mark O’Neill next week to discuss Gutherson's future, with the ball said to be in Parramatta's court despite three rival clubs already showing interest.
“Right now his preference is to remain at Parramatta,” Ayoub told The Daily Telegraph.
“But that will be subject to what is going on at the club and who else is going to be there.
“He won’t be selling himself short this time.
“The club is fully aware of the circumstances that worked to their benefit to remain at the club for less than he was worth last time.
“I have had a number of discussions with Mark (O’Neill), the most recent probably three or four weeks ago, where I indicated that he has got my word that I will not open negotiations with anybody from any other club until at least round four or five.
“I have kept my word because I have had three clubs in particular who have asked me if we would be interested in meeting up for a chat.
“I have said to them let’s give it until round four or five before we sit down and have a chat.”
The Eels are reportedly keen to retain Gutherson, as coach Brad Arthur's future is also remains up in the air.
And Gutherson's call could be heavily linked to what happens with the Parra coach.
“Gutho has made it public he would like to know what is happening with Brad before he goes forward," Ayoub added.
“That is not at all suggesting that his decision is going to be based solely around Brad.
“But it does suggest he has a high respect for the coach and as a player he enjoys being coached by him.”