sportsnewsfirst.com.au can reveal Sydney Roosters Under 20s star Brad Murray has inked a two-year contract with the Eels as they bid to boost their inside-back depth.
The news follows Daniel Mortimer being rested from last Friday’s match against Brisbane and the club’s pursuit of Wallaby Quade Cooper.
“I’m happy to confirm that Brad is off to Parramatta for the next two seasons,” agent Sam Ayoub says.
“He’s leading a lot of individual stats in the Toyota Cup and it’s a credit to him after doing both the medial and cruciate ligaments in one knee a couple of years ago.”
Murray hit the headlines in December when he jumped out of a car on the Central Coast, grabbed his surf board and rescued a man who was caught in a rip between two sandbanks at North Entrance.
Ayoub’s son, Lebanon international Jai Ayoub, was with Murray at the time.
In other news, St George Illawarra is on the verge of announcing forward Michael Greenfield has re-signed for another two seasons.
Exciting Gold Coast utility Jordan Atkins is set to leave the Titans. “We’re talking to a number of clubs,” said Atkins’ agent, Steve Gillis.
North Queensland second rower Steve Southern and Parramatta winger Eric Grothe – both representative players – are still looking for clubs in 2011.
And Cronulla plus Canberra and Parramatta are in the running to sign South Sydney centre Colin Best.
Best was offered only a one-year contract at the Bunnies but can get two seasons elsewhere.
More details of coach Neil Henry’s performance clauses at North Queensland have emerged as the Cowboys prepare for their final three matches in a disappointing season.
Sources close the Henry have told RLW that he needs to make the finals just once in the first four seasons of his contract to activate the fifth and final year.
Two NQ representative forwards, Carl Webb and Willie Mason, hope to make announcements on their futures this week. Both are seemingly bound for Super League.