Sharks hooker seeks release and joins the Eels

Issac De Gois

A popular player at the Cronulla Sharks, Issac De Gois has seen some solid first-grade minutes this season but in search of greener pastures, he has opted to depart the club and pursue an opportunity at a new club.

That club, the Parramatta Eels. Granted an immediate release by the Sharks, De Gois will join the Eels on a two-and-a-half-year deal that will see him at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

With the Eels desperate for an experienced hooker after the season-ending injury to Nathan Peats, De Gois is the perfect foil and player to fill that void.

The need for a hooker was never more evident and the club know that for next year and beyond, De Gois will offer the club some great depth.

“Brad Arthur identified the hooker and utility positions as areas where we needed depth, and we’re confident Isaac will add a great deal to the squad,” said Eels CEO Scott Seward said.

With the majority of the side still young, Eels coach Brad Arthur knows that the experience of De Gois will be invaluable to their side this year and the next couple.

“Isaac has more than 150 games’ experience in the NRL and that’s a bonus for us,” Arthur said.

“We’re a young side, and his experience and cool head will be a real asset in a key playmaking position.”

The decision from De Gois to depart the club came after the match against the Dragons, when he in-formed his team-mates.

The Sharks could not match the offer the Eels put forth and as a result, let De Gois go. The club do have more wriggle room in the cap now as a result and the club – CEO Steve Noyce included – wish De Gois the best.

“Isaac has been an outstanding servant to the Cronulla club and is a quality person,” Noyce said.

“While disappointed to see him leave, with the contract offer he has been made we felt we should grant the release and allow him to take up this opportunity.

“What it also does for us is free up room in our salary cap and enables us to get on the front foot in regards to recruiting players for both this season and for the years to come.”

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