Parramatta’s off-field woes have taken a new turn with coach Brad Arthur reported to be considering legal action against the NRL club.
According to Fairfax Media, Arthur and his management are looking at their options after the Eels allegedly reneged on a signed contract to extend and upgrade his existing deal.
The club announced it had re-signed Arthur until 2017 in November, but it was to terms less lucrative than those originally agreed to with chairman Steve Sharp.
The report said Arthur raised the issue of the discrepancy and the matter came to a head in February where he demanded a new contract be delivered amid fears he would walk out on the club.
Star signing Kieran Foran, who joins the club for the 2016 season, has a clause in his contract that offers him a get-out clause should Arthur leave the club.
It’s understood Arthur wants the matter resolved amicably out of court and has left it in the hands of his manager Chris Orr who believes he may have no other choice to ensure his client isn’t left out of pocket.
NSW centre Will Hopoate has already taken Supreme Court action against Parramatta after they allegedly failed to honour a contract extension he was offered, and signed, earlier this year.
The new deal guarantees Hopoate a salary of $570,000 on the salary cap, plus a marquee allowance of $100,000 and third-party arrangements if they can be negotiated.
The Eels are baulking at paying the hefty price after Hopoate’s form dropped, but the 23-year-old’s management believes the contract is binding.
Parramatta are also facing being docked four points next season with the NRL investigating the club over salary cap breaches.