Kieran Foran is poised to finally sign on with Parramatta on a lucrative four-year NRL deal, taking the heat off coach Brad Arthur in the process.
The two parties have agreed to terms, with Foran expected on Friday to officially ink a contract worth $1.2 million a year.
The New Zealand playmaker almost slipped through the Eels’ net after the club attempted to renegotiate his deal which was originally signed off on in March.
The two parties agreed to remove a controversial $1 million get-out clause, however the deal would allow Foran to walk away should Arthur be sacked.
Foran signed with the club in March but the deal was put in jeopardy after the Eels discovered the get-out clause which included a massive payout.
The original deal was negotiated by now-departed chief executive Scott Seward.
The Eels’ back-tracking disturbed Foran and he considered walking away from the deal.
However, a reluctance to go back on his word and his relationship with Arthur were enough to get it over the line.
Foran is close to the coach and playing under him had been a big drawcard for him to join the western Sydney club.
The deal is guaranteed for two years with an option for another two in the playmaker’s favour.
After it emerged he was considering going back on the deal, his current club Manly as well as Canterbury and the Sydney Roosters made a play for his services.
Foran’s signature is a boon for the club which has lurched from crisis to crisis in recent months.
Parramatta have endured a turbulent time following the departure of Seward and fined $525,000 for salary cap breaches.
Seward resigned last month citing personal reasons.
In May, the club were hit with a NRL breach notice for exceeding all four salary caps last season and threatened with the loss of four competition points next year unless they undertook an independent governance review.