Double dose of good news!WALLABIES TARGET EEL
Parramatta back Bailey Simonsson has appeared on the radar of rugby union after it emerged that Wallabies coach Eddie Jones had begun doing background research into the Eels star.
Simonsson has one year remaining on his deal at Parramatta and the club has offered him an extension, which is yet to be taken up.
Sport Confidential understands that Simonsson’s name was on a list of players who enter the final year of their deals on November 1 and was distributed to clubs recently.
It now appears he has also piqued the interest of rugby union after Jones made subtle inquiries about him to figures within rugby league.
Simonsson played rugby union at high school and then spent a year representing the New Zealand rugby 7s team at the tournaments in Hong Kong, London and Paris.
He returned to rugby league at the end of 2018 before finding his way to Parramatta - he scored nine tries in 20 appearances for the club this season.
EELS’ TUG-O-WAR FOR PROIDGY
Parramatta have been given renewed hope that they can hang on to gun half Ethan Sanders thanks to the NRL and the decision to rewrite the contracting rules.
Sanders, regarded as one of the most exciting young playmakers in the game, is stuck behind Dylan Brown and Mitchell Moses at the Eels and the expectation was that he would move to Canberra at the end of next season on a two-year deal.
There were reports that the deal would be confirmed once he entered the final year of his contract on November 1. However, the NRL’s new rules have bought the Eels more time to convince Sanders to stay as the teenager becomes the face of the NRL’s plan to take greater control of the transfer market.
Under the revised rules, Sanders and his representatives are unable to speak or sign with rival clubs until the completion of round six next season because he is considered a developed player.
The only caveat is if he gets written consent from the Eels. That appears unlikely to happen given the club is optimistic that they can convince him to stay.
Sport Confidential understands that Canberra remain interested in Sanders even though they have completed the signing of Manly utility Kaeo Weekes, who has been recruited as a potential five-eighth to play alongside Jamal Fogarty next season.
Fogarty’s long-term future is also under scrutiny after it emerged he was ready to test the market from November 1. The Raiders want to keep Fogarty but are also ready to back youth as they prepare for life after Jack Wighton.
I'm sure the mighty $$$ may well and truly have something to do with it.I thought Ennis left us to join the Sharks because it was close to home..
Now he is off to Manly.