The NRL could look into allegations of tampering against the New Zealand Warriors over their pursuit of Parramatta young gun Dylan Brown.
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Warriors offered the talented 18-year-old, who is yet to make his NRL debut, a six-year deal believed to be worth around $3 million late last year.
The Warriors’ offer could come under NRL scrutiny as a potential breach of the league’s anti-tampering rules. Under these rules, rival clubs are not permitted to approach the bright halfback prospect or his representation until November 1 this year.
Warriors CEO Cameron George says any misconduct was accidental.
“We approached [Brown] on the understanding he was off contract at the end of 2019, which we’re entitled to do,” George told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It was later cleared up [by his agent] that he had a variation [in his Parramatta contract] that committed him until 2020 and that was it.”
The teenager is tipped to feature prominently for the Eels in 2019 as the nominal replacement for Corey Norman, who became a member of St George Illawarra over the off-season.
The Warriors open their 2019 season with a home game against the Bulldogs on March 16, while Parramatta plays away against the Panthers on March 17.