Parramatta have made their first major signing after missing out on Jarryd Hayne, with Corey Norman re-signing for three more NRL seasons.
The Eels announced on Tuesday troubled playmaker Norman had agreed to a deal that would keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2019 season.
“Corey has progressively improved his game over the first three years at the club and, in 2016, showed how valuable his contribution is in the success of our team,” coach Brad Arthur said.
“Through today’s announcement, Corey has showed his commitment to the future direction of our club and I have no doubt he will play a major role in moving our team forward over the next three years.”
Hayne turned his back on a return to the Eels earlier this month when he signed a two-year deal with Gold Coast.
Eels chairman Max Donnelly said the club were set to announce more player re-signings in coming days after finally sorting out their salary-cap woes.
“The club now has a clearer picture of its salary-cap position, allowing it to finalise a number of player negotiations that had been placed on hold over the past couple of months,” Donnelly said.
“We have been pleased with how Corey has responded to the personal challenges of this year and we look forward to his contribution to the club’s success over the next three years.”
Norman had been one of the Eels’ stars in a troubled year for the club who were docked 12 premiership points and fined $1 million for rorting the salary cap.
Norman is serving an eight-match ban for off-field indiscretions.
He has played 64 games for the Eels since moving from Brisbane for the 2014 season.