A speedy resolution to Parramatta’s salary cap dramas shape as key to the NRL club holding onto off-contract playmaker Corey Norman.
Norman on Monday admitted his manager had already been sounded out by rival NRL clubs interested in his services for 2017 and beyond.
His manager is also talking to the Eels about a new deal, but complicating matters is the fact Parramatta are unlikely to finalise any contracts until the NRL’s salary cap investigation into the club is complete.
There is still no firm timetable on when the NRL will hand down their findings, which Norman said would definitely help his situation.
“But in saying that we’re talking to the club at the moment and we’re doing everything we can to get everything right,” Norman said.
Norman has impressed for the blue and gold since joining from Brisbane in 2014, and was named their player of the year last season.
However with halfback Kieran Foran arriving at the club this season on a multi-million dollar deal, keeping another half on big money could be difficult for the Eels to manage.
And now other clubs are chasing.
“Yeah there are,” Norman said, when asked if other clubs had been in contact with his manager.
“My manager is doing that side of things. He will let me know when the time is right and I think we’ll have a sit down and discuss our plans.”
Parramatta fullback Michael Gordon said holding on to Norman should be a priority for the club.
The Eels’ last-minute 20-18 loss to Penrith was the club’s first while having both Norman and Foran on the field together, and Gordon believes the club must keep the pair together.
“If I was the club I would be doing all I could to re-sign him,” Gordon said.
“With Foran signed here for a while you would think if you can lock up him and Norman up long-term … they’ve got potential to build up something really good here over the next five or six years.”