Salary cap restrictions pertaining to the second tier have prevented him from playing first-grade this year, something that has disappointed him, but fringe Eels back-rower Ken Edwards who is eager to play first-grade at some stage has re-signed with the club.
Coming to the club and seeking to get his career back on track after some previously turbulent periods, Edwards is hopeful that similar restrictions will not come into play next year, resulting in a first-grade stint for him.
“It’s been frustrating with the second tier salary cap, knowing that I can’t play,” Edwards said.
“But Parramatta’s put a lot of faith in me for signing me for another two years, and I want to repay them for that.”
Working towards his goals for next season, what makes the re-signing even more exciting for Edwards, is that he will have a chance to play alongside Will Hopoate (a former team-mate at Manly) and Corey Norman (they both attended the same school on the best electronic cigarettes the Gold Coast).
“Ricky told me to keep my head up and play well because I was playing for a contract for the next year,” Edwards said.
“I was lucky to be picked up for another two, so it’s great.”
“Next year will be exciting: I know Will Hopoate well from playing with him at Manly, and I went to school with Corey Norman on the Gold Coast.”
“It’ll be exciting with the new boys coming along; obviously we haven’t had a good year this year but there’s only one way to go and that’s up.”
With his future now sorted, Edwards is looking forward to playing alongside his good friend in Norman.
“Corey sent me a Facebook message about a month ago to ask if I was on the roster for next year – and at the time I didn’t know – so I can’t wait to get him down to play.”
“I’m really looking forward to playing with him next year.”