Eels coach Brad Arthur has responded to reports Sea Eagles star Marty Taupaw has asked to be released to join Parramatta for the rest of the season.
The Daily Telegraph’s Dave Riccio reports that the Taupa have requested an immediate release from his remaining 2022 contract at Manly in order to link up with the Eels ahead of the August 1 deadline.
Taupa is on the big money at Manly and the 32-year-old has not been offered a contract extension at the Sea Eagles until 2023, which is why he is looking to join their NRL rivals for the rest of 2022 and beyond.
Stream every game of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership season live and ad-break free when you play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >
Taupau will bolster the Eels’ forward stocks for 2023 with Maratha Nikore, Isaiah Palili, Reid Mahoney, Ray Stone and Oregon Kafusi at the end of this season, but if he can secure the 2022 premiership he will help their charge. Early release.
Speaking after his team’s 34-10 win over Penrith, Arthur said the ball could be released early to join the Eels at Manly Court.
“This is Manly,” said Arthur.
More NRL news
‘He’s changed into a man’: Panthers coach describes Cleary’s departure
Big hits: Else’s spine sizzles as Cleary’s delivery halves the Panthers’ crisis
‘Don’t Like’: Storm Star Escapes Sean Bean For Elbow As Legends Say Duo’s ‘Bad Game’
‘That’s not the way to go about it’: Demetriou fires back at Jones over Southern Dream
“It’s good for us, but it’s not our calling. This is Manly’s call.”
Juniors Paulo and Regan Campbell-Gillard were expected to consistently play big minutes for the Eels when asked if Taupa’s signing would help the rotation going forward, Arthur was coy.
Get all the NRL news, highlights and analysis straight to your inbox with Fox Sports Sportmail. Register now!!
“I think it can definitely help, but I don’t have any problems with our exchange or the players there,” Arthur said.
We’ve got two front-rowers like me who are paid a lot of money, I want them on the field as much as possible.
“That’s why they’re on the field.”