The Parramatta Eels find themselves in a bit of a quandary after making the decision of standing down captain Kieran Foran for an indefinite time in order for him to deal with personal issues.
The Eels would like to see Luke Kelly assume Foran’s role, but he is unavailable due to injury. The likely solution will be to call up Mitch Cornish from NSW Cup, where he has been representing well for Wentworthville.
Foran’s departure also has implications for New Zealand, as he was considered a certainty to receive a spot in the halves with Shaun Johnson, but at the moment, it seems more than likely that Foran will not be available for the Warriors upcoming Anzac Test.
For the Eels, even if they do utilizes the services of Cornish, they still have the issue of naming an on-field captain with which to wrestle. Co-captain Tim Mannah, like Kelly, is also out with an injury.
Half Corey Norman, the Eels’ primary playmaker for a while, was hopeful that Foran’s presence would reduce his workload, but it appears that not only will he have to resume his old role, he will have to devote energy to adapt to playing alongside Cornish.
The positive for Norman is that he can display the good form that will influence the asking price for his next contract.