Parramatta’s coach Brad Arthur stated that he was “in the dark” as there were reports that his services had been offered to rival club NRL.
Eels coach Brad Arthur was reportedly offered to rival club NRL despite being under contract until the end of the 2024 season.
According to Danny Weidler of NineArthur’s management made an offer, but Parramatta’s boss stated that he was “in the dark” of any negotiations.
The 48-year-old went on to say that he had every intention of staying with the Eels for the rest of his contract, hoping to win the premiership and end a 36-year drought.
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“I reached out to Brad for comment on this. He said he was in the dark about any such maneuvers and intends to fulfill his contract with Parramatta until the end of 2024 and try to win the competition with them,” Weidler said.
“So I guess it’s going to be a case of watching this space and seeing how the Eels go.”
According to reports, the Bulldogs and Dragons are likely the clubs Arthur’s management approached.
Eels captain Clint Guterson said he expects Arthur to tell the players about the reports on Tuesday.
“My partner sent it (report) to me last night. I was in bed, we are in the camp at the moment, ”Guterson said on Big sports breakfast.
“I’ll talk to him this morning. You don’t know where it comes from and you never listen to what’s going on around you, but I’m sure he’ll say something today when we have a team meeting and we’ll move on from that pretty quickly.
“You just have to put up with it. It will always be there, the media is about Parramatta and we’ve gotten used to it.”
“You don’t really know what’s true and what’s not, so you try to stay away from it.”
Dragons head coach Anthony Griffin has signed a contract until the end of the 2023 season and was granted a contract extension in February of this year.
Since taking office at the end of 2022, Griffin has managed to win 16 games and lose 25, and his situation has been under the microscope in the remaining seven games of the year.
Griffin’s future to be discussed at a board meeting on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have yet to make a decision on a long-term head coach following the departure of Trent Barrett, with rugby league head coach Phil Gould pulling strings in the background.
Panthers assistant Cameron Chiraldo is considered the favorite if he doesn’t sign a contract extension to stay at Penrith.
The West Tigers, who fired Michael Maguire this year, have decided on their future, with Tim Shins, Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah taking over as head coach, and the Warriors appointing Andrew Webster as their head coach.
Originally published as ‘Watch this space’: Brad Arthur ‘in the dark’ as Eels coach shopped at rival club