Eels attempt to lure young Storm star

We have all seen just what he can do, and now, given that he has continued that form, he has become a hot property on the player transfer market, and for the Eels, they are getting in as early as possible.

As a result, a mini off-field tussle is brewing between the Storm and the Eels, with both clubs desperate to have him at their respective teams.

With Eels coach Stephen Kearney writing an official offer to Matt Duffie, the Eels may actually have the upper hand in luring him across the NSW-Victoria border, as he has strong ties with coaches now at Parramatta, who were formerly coaches in Melbourne.

Brad Arthur is just one example of that. Arthur was the U20’s coach in 2009, when Duffie scored 25 tries in the season, and Kearney also worked with Duffie in 2010, when he made the transition to the first-grade team.

”I leave all of that stuff to my manager [Jim Banaghan],” Duffie said.

”It is good to know that when you’re coming off contract that people as important in my career as Stephen Kearney and Brad Arthur see me as a player of interest.

”They were both very important in my development and I rate them highly. With Steve being the Kiwi coach, that certainly holds a lot of interest for me.”

Whilst Duffie’s agent Jim Banaghan originally refused to make a comment, he eventually admitted that the letter with the offer from Kearney was received, and that his client was considering both the Eels offer.

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