Eels star Nathan Brown is reportedly in two minds over re-signing with the club after he was miffed at only being offered a two-year deal in comparison teammate Mitchell Moses’ purported three-four year offer.
Nine’s Danny Weidler reports that Brown was led to believe Parramatta were only offering short-term deals, despite his wishes for a longer contract, and was upset with the club when news surfaced that Moses was fielding talk of a potential four-year offer.
While the situation hasn’t broken down talks between Brown and the Eels, it has attracted the interest of rival club’s who could make a play for the forward.
“Nathan Brown was going to agree to a two-year contract with Parramatta,” Weidler told Nine’s 100% Footy. “Then the talk started up about Mitchell Moses signing a long-term deal.
“The understanding that Nathan Brown had from the Eels was that they were only offering shorter-term deals, like two-year deals.
“When the Moses news came through, he started to hesitate and wonder why he was being told one thing and there was another situation developing.
“This is still going to go on for a little while. Parramatta obviously want to keep him. His preference is to stay with Parra, but originally, he wanted a three or four-year deal.
“He was going to agree to a two, but they may have changed now. And there are a couple clubs starting to make inquiries as to whether he’s going to be available.”
Confusion aside, NRL guru Phil Gould implored Brown to take the shorter deal and back his value on the field in his pursuit for another deal down the road.
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“He’ll stay at Parramatta and he should stay at Parramatta,” Gould said. “If they give you a two-year deal, take the two-years and back yourself. That’s the sort of player that he is.
“So, he should just stay where he is, that’s where he’s playing his best football.
“He’s a hard worker, obviously an impact player, he’s part of the spirit there of that Parramatta side. He’s got ball skills, a relentless personality, he loves to stick it into his opposition.”
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