Parramatta Eels, Phil Rothfield, Paul Kent, NRL 360, Internal Issues, James Hooper, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Clint Gutherson


A leaked report revealing allegations of nepotism at the Eels has shed light on the club’s internal problems.

Last week, Fox League’s James Hooper lifted the lid on the internal report which included a series of findings:

– A perception of nepotism in the appointment of staff and players

– Needed better connection from NRL to Flegg and Junior Reps.

NRL 360 Host Paul Kent believes the timing of the leaked report, before the Eels’ clash with the Raiders, exposed problems at the club that have existed for years.

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“The fact is (James Hooper) came out with the story last week, (Ray) Hadley spoke about it on the radio, the fact is someone at the club is an internal review and someone at the club is l ‘disclosed,” Kent said.

“This is where it has to start for Brad Arthur, there’s no point in going far on this and shooting down Hoops or Ray Hadley because they’re reporting on an internal review that identified issues at the club.

“The fact is Parramatta has always been, not always, but since Denis Fitzgerald was kicked out of the joint over a decade ago now, internal politics have been venomous and it’s still not settled.

“There has been a certain unity within the club, but there are still elements of the club that kill other people at the club.”


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Radio host Ray Hadley recently spoke about the Eels’ problems and highlighted the treatment of outcast striker Nathan Brown.

“My understanding is Ray’s beef was the treatment of Nathan Brown who was on the outside and was unable to advance past Ryan Matterson,” Rothfield told The Daily Telegraph on NRL360.

“Who also brought charges of nepotism to the club,” added Kent.

Additionally, Hadley raised exclusivity issues by reclassifying star team members, including captain Clint Gutherson and Mitchell Moses.

“Yeah, and someone who thinks there might be too much of a clique between Mitchell Moses and Gutherson and other players,” Rothfield said.

Eels stars Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Clint Gutherson, meanwhile, addressed the leaked report on Monday.

“I think the media and people can make up stories to obviously try to derail you and yeah that’s not the case with us, I don’t know where that story came from,” Campbell-Gillard told the journalists.

Gutherson, who has been with the Eels since 2016, believes stories and rumors like these come with the territory of wearing the blue and gold colors.

“There’s always going to be with Parramatta, no matter where you come from, how you travel, there’s always going to be outside noise in the last few years since I’ve been here, you just learn to deal with it and to be honest you don’t. ‘not really listen,’ Gutherson said.

“You know what you’re going to get out of the squad and the players that are here and that’s all you focus on, so look, we’re looking forward to the challenge of going to Queensland and seeing what we can. TO DO .”

For now, the Eels are on course to make their first Grand Final since 2009 if they are able to topple a well-rested North Queensland Cowboys this Friday at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

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