Former Parramatta boss Scott Seward has reportedly been called before the NRL integrity unit as part of the growing investigation into the club’s salary cap dramas.
According to Fairfax Media, the former Eels chief executive has agreed to be interviewed next week as the embattled club is threatened with the loss of competition points.
Seward has worn the blame for much of the club’s instability since his resignation midway through last season.
He oversaw the contract bungle that almost resulted in Kieran Foran slipping through the club’s net and led to a $525,000 fine for salary cap breaches.
It was reported that the Eels had waived Seward’s non-disclosure agreement but had asked that Eels officials be present at the meeting. However the NRL is unlikely to accept the club’s request.
“The club has agreed for Mr Seward to be interviewed by the NRL’s integrity unit and we welcome the investigation of all relevant material,” an Eels spokesperson said.
“Current club leadership remains firmly of the view that the investigation will in time reveal the truth of the matters currently subject to so much public speculation.
“Since Mr Seward’s tenure, the club has been overhauled and significantly improved the club’s governance. We have done this with the assistance of Price Waterhouse Coopers who made 117 recommendations for reforming the culture of the club.”
The Eels this year avoided being docked four competition points for 2014 salary cap breaches after agreeing to a corporate governance review.
But the NRL has launched a fresh probe into dubious third-party agreements which had allegedly been organised by the club. Under NRL rules, all players’ TPA sponsorships must be made at arm’s length from the club.