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Atkins leans towards the Eels

By Nathan Ryan
8 September 2010

GOLD Coast winger Jordan Atkins is in the sights of duelling Sydney clubs with Parramatta emerging as the favoured destination for the Titans' winger.

Atkins has just returned to the first grade side, while simultaneously being targeted by the Sharks and Eels.

It had been thought the 27 year-old was being earmarked by Cronulla as a possible replacement for Canberra bound winger Blake Ferguson

But the man who set an NRL record by scoring four tries on debut against the Cowboys in 2008, is said to be favouring towards the Eels although no decision will be made while the final series is still on.

“He’s leaning towards Parramatta,” manager Steve Gillis told

The Eels have already signed Reni Maitua, Carl Webb, Roosters NYC halfback Brad Murray as well as re-signing Justin Horo and Eric Grothe.

Meanwhile, North Queensland second rower Steve Southern is also being linked with the Sharks and the Newcastle Knights after failing to receive an offer from the Cowboys.

Southern has been identified as a replacement for Grant Millington, who is joining the Bulldogs next season, and his manager David Riolo says he is waiting for word on his options.

"We're just waiting to hear back from the clubs but there is no formal offer yet," Riolo said.

Southern debuted for the Cowboys in 2004 and played his part in their most successful season of 2004, when they lost the grand final to Wests Tigers.

Penrith Panthers have re-signed 27-year-old second rower Nigel Plum for season 2011.

A former Rooster and Raider, Plum joined the mountain men this year extending his stay a further season.

He has not been selected in the team to play this weekend but has been identified as a replacement for Bulldog bound Frank Pritchard next year.

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