Slipping Out of Parramatta May Prove Difficult for Corey Norman

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All dressed up and no place to go.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.

Scratch that last one. It has absolutely no relevance to the topic at hand, which is the news that Parramatta Eel five-eighth Corey Norman wants out and Eels’ Coach Brad Arthur has indicated that he will not get in the way.

Norman has a year left on his contract, but Arthur has conferred his blessing on an early departure. The most recent speculation links Norman to the Gold Coast Titans. It would be an improvement, but only just.

“It doesn’t need to be said what we’ve spoken about. We’re fine. We’ve still got a very good relationship,” Norman said on Sky Sports’ Big Sports Breakfast on Thursday, ironically speaking about that which did not require speaking about.

“He (Arthur) said, ‘Look after Corey Norman’. So there you go. We’ve had a discussion and he said, ‘do what’s best for you’.”

Arthur had also better be doing some looking out as well. The Eels were fancied ahead of the start of the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition, only to see that fancy evaporate to be replaced by another opportunity for a wooden spoon.

Norman is from Queensland and it has been revealed that he met with Titans’ Coach Garth Brennan, but Norman insists that playing finals is his main consideration, so he would need to find a willing taker from one of the top eight.

Norman is coming up on 28 years of age, so the clock is ticking and the prospect of going through another rebuild is not appealing to him.

“I definitely wouldn’t go to a rebuilding club. But a club that’s stable, is going to have good seasons, and play in the finals.”

Well, there is his cake.

Any club that takes him may have to eat his big contract and at $900,000 per year, the top clubs may be reluctant. Even the Titans have indicated that they have little cap room to take on another big contract.