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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Eels meet with Austin as potential Norman replacement

Parramatta have met Canberra five-eighth Blake Austin about the potential of joining the club next season as a potential replacement for Corey Norman. understands Austin is being looked at as a potential replacement for Norman, however the out-of-favour Eels No.6 hasn't attracted much interest from rival clubs.
The Eels are keen to explore the idea of Austin as Mitchell Moses's halves partner for 2019, but they won't be in a position to do so until they know whether Norman will be at the club.
As it stands, the Eels are happy to release Norman from the final year of his deal and would have even allowed him to leave before the June 30 transfer deadline had he managed to find a new home.
However, clubs have baulked at his lucrative price tag, including Manly, who went cold on the notion of a Norman-Marty Taupau swap deal with the Eels.
Austin, who grew up in western Sydney as an Eels fan, isn't after a huge deal and understands he is happy to sign a modest one-year contract and back himself to play his way into a more lucrative deal at Parramatta or another club.
His potential signing would bring some much-needed size in the halves at the Eels - who have also been linked to Marika Koroibete - and allow Moses to become the dominant playmaker.
The Eels have also started a review of their football operations, which is likely to recommend the club brings in a head of football. understands Cowboys football manager Peter Parr, who is also Brad Fittler's football manager for the NSW Blues this year, is the frontrunner having previously been sounded out for the role.