SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 18: Semi Radradra of the Eels celebrates scoring a try with team mate Corey Norman during the round three NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on March 18, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Sydney Roosters will pour all their energy into luring in-form Eels playmaker Corey Norman to Bondi Junction next season after North Queensland re-signed star fullback Lachlan Coote for a further two seasons yesterday.

While the news was cause for celebration in Townsville, it came as yet another blow to Roosters coach Trent Robinson’s quest to restore his club’s reputation as a powerhouse in the NRL.

Minor premiers for the past three years, the Roosters languish at the bottom of the ladder with just one win from their opening eight matches, with their spluttering attack of greatest concern.

With the Eels’ well-docu­mented salary cap issues expected to be dealt with in coming weeks, Parramatta’s hopes of being able to get near the $700,000-$800,000 price tag Norman will command seem slim.

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