Eels still hopeful of keeping Foran

Parramatta chairman Steve Sharp says the club has been the victim of unwarranted and vicious attacks and that “self-serving” individuals are seeking to destabilise it.

The club has lurched from crisis to crisis in recent months including being hit with a salary cap breach, the axing of chief executive Scott Seward and the Kieran Foran contract saga.

Sharp on Thursday hit out at what he called attempts to undermine the board by those who had failed to get elected at May’s club elections.

“We have continued to push forward with a positive agenda. We are disappointed that some self-serving individuals are seeking to destabilise our club through the media during this period,” Sharp said in a statement to fans.

“These unwarranted attacks must cease.”

Sharp said the Eels are still hopeful of having the services of Foran next NRL season despite the Kiwi playmaker expressing his disillusionment with the club.

The Eels are desperately trying to salvage the deal which would bring the New Zealand five-eighth to Sydney’s west in 2016.

Foran is preparing to walk away from the deal after the Eels sought to re-work his $4.8 million contract signed three months ago after it discovered two clauses which had previously gone unnoticed.

The current Manly playmaker has expressed his disappointment at the club as rival teams circle should he renege.

The Eels are attempting to renegotiate Foran’s deal after it discovered his contract included a get-out clause and a $1 million damages payout.

Foran’s deal was negotiated by Seward, who left the club last week, and after the fine print of the contract was examined by Eels management they began attempting to rework it.

“Conversations are ongoing with Kieran and his management and we are hopeful that these contract issues can be resolved and an agreement reached that is positive for all parties,” Sharp said.

“We see Kieran as an essential part of our football team going forward, and his approach to this unfortunate issue has only confirmed that he is the type of player who can take this club forward, on and off the field.”

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