It was a long road to get things finalised to sign him but it has all been completed, as the Parramatta Eels announce the signing of Brisbane Broncos utility, Corey Norman, on a 3-year deal starting in 2014.
Norman, who made his debut in late 2010, has already played in 49 NRL games for the Brisbane Broncos, and is excited at the new opportunity with the Eels but is also thankful for the Broncos and what they did for him throughout his career to date.
â€œBrisbane got me to where I am today, and for that the Broncos will always be special to me. That said, I am ready for a new challenge from 2014 and heading to Parramatta next season gives me an opportunity to test myself outside of my comfort zone,” Norman said.
“Until then Iâ€™ll be doing my absolute best for the Broncos.”
With the Eels being burned once after Josh Papalii reneged on his deal with the Eels, the club will not have to worry about it happening again, with Norman defiant that the deal is what he wants and he intends to honour it.
â€œI understand that under the NRL rules I have until round 13 to change my mind, but I just wanted Eels members, fans and sponsors to know that I will be standing 100% by my decision to make the move to Sydney,” Norman said.
“I have made a commitment by signing a contract and I will see that commitment and contract through.”
With the ability to play at fullback, five-eighth or halfback, Norman is excited at the new opportunity, with coach Ricky Stuart also excited at what the Keebra Park local will be able to do for the club next year.
â€œCorey has all the attributes to have a successful career in the NRL. He is big and confident, has all the skills and has served a good apprenticeship under some pretty decent playmakers up in Brisbane,” Stuart said.
“We canâ€™t wait to get him down here and make him a part of our team and culture.â€
At just 22 and with further room to grow and expand as a player, Eels CEO Ken Edwards believes that the Eels are a great place for Norman to grow as a player, as he moves forward with his career.
â€œRicky Stuart has created an incredibly tight knit unit out of his squad this season, and it is our firm belief that Corey will relish the opportunity to work inside that environment,” Mr Edwards said.
“Corey is an impressive young man, we believe he is also a future representative player and he will bring a lot to this club both on the field and off it.”
The move will see Norman get a fresh start and despite the Broncos best efforts to attempt to keep their promising youngster, the club wished him all the best.
â€œWe certainly made every effort we could to convince Corey to stay but in the end it wasnâ€™t to be,â€ said Broncos CEO Paul White.
â€œAll we can do now is wish him well for his future, and get on with the 2013 NRL campaign.â€