Osborne set to meet with troubled centre Timana Tahu to discuss future

Despite being on a family holiday, Eels Chief Executive Paul Osborne will cut it short, as he attempts to find out what is troubling Tahu in a turbulent time in the players career.

The Eels boss was set to spend the weekend in Byron Bay with his family, but he decided against it to work out the problems affecting Tahu.

It’s believed that Osborne has said that Tahu has a “done deal” for the 2011 season, but that the club is willing to give the star centre as much time as he needs to get his head back in the game.

Since Monday, when Tahu first had the car crash that started the chain of events, thus resulting in the club giving Tahu the time off that he needs to fully recover.

“We’re supporting Timana Tahu 100 per cent,” Osborne said last night.

“It’s been a tough year for him off the field and our priority is for him to get himself right before coming back to training.

“We’ve done a deal with him for next year. It’s sorted. But, obviously, right at the moment he needs a little extra time away from footy and we’ve given him permission for that. At the end of the day, we’ll keep supporting him until he’s ready to come back and play.”

There is speculation that Tahu is set to leave the club, but that speculation has been dismissed by Osborne.

“No, I don’t. You have to remember the bloke has been through a real tough year. I know the stuff surrounding the Aboriginal knockout was tough on him. It’s affected him hard. Our only concern is getting his head right and getting him happy . . . we’ll provide whatever support is required to make that happen.”

The chain of events goes as far back as the NSW Origin series, after he had a spat with former Knights, NSW and Australia great Andrew Johns, resulting in Tahu omitting himself from the rest of the series.

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