NRL soften stance on Parramatta directors

Parramatta’s ability to accrue NRL premiership points is independent of five directors taking legal action against the Eels, it was determined on Friday.

Lawyers for the “Gang of Five” – Eels chairman Steve Sharp, chief executive John Boulous, head of football Daniel Anderson, deputy chairman Tom Issa and director Peter Serrao – appeared in the NSW Supreme Court again on Friday challenging the legality of their NRL suspensions.

The quintet were provisionally suspended as part of a raft of sanctions handed down on Tuesday by the NRL in regard to salary cap indiscretions at the Eels dating back to 2013.

It was initially understood that the Eels’ ability to accrue points, starting with next Friday’s round 10 clash with South Sydney, was dependent on those directors stepping aside.

But the NRL confirmed on Friday that is not the case.

The Eels will be able to play for points starting with the match against the Rabbitohs if they work their way under this season’s cap by then.

The NRL said on Tuesday the club was $570,000 over the cap for this year.

The NRL’s counsel Lachlan Gyles said on Friday the Eels’ legal action against his client was a separative matter.

“It is a side show,” he said.

“It is a minor matter.”

The Supreme Court’s injunction allowing the directors to continue their roles at the Eels has been carried over until Monday.

The directors were initially given a week to respond to the NRL’s move to deregister them.

That time frame has now been extended until June 3.

A final decision on the NRL’s move to dock the Eels points and fine them $1 million is expected to be made two weeks after that date.

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