Parramatta NRL coach Brad Arthur has reportedly agreed to a new two-year contract extension but not before a last-minute link to the vacant Newcastle job.
News Corp Australia reported on Wednesday night that while Arthur and his manager Chris Orr were contemplating legal action against the Eels over a reneged agreement, a call was made to the Knights by a third party.
In the discussion, according to the report, it was mentioned champion five-eighth Kieran Foran could follow Arthur to Newcastle because of an escape clause in his Eels contract if the coach went to another club.
The Knights have since settled on their new coach and are expected to announce the appointment of former St George Illawarra and Super League-winning coach Nathan Brown in the next 48 hours.
Arthur’s decision to stay ends weeks of bickering and legal threats over his contract because the Eels’ board refused to honour the lucrative deal he originally agreed to with departed CEO Scott Seward.