It has been an interesting 2016 for Corey Norman. From playing well for the Parramatta Eels to being faced with blackmail, to being involved with a club salary cap saga and to a court case for possession of drugs, the year has had everything for the talented, key half at the Eels.
The final chapter of the 2016 season for Norman, however, is a positive one, with the half signing a new deal to remain with the Eels club until the end of 2019.
Playing in 64 games with the club over three years, his impact has been felt as he has stepped up in the absence of a dominant, playmaking half.
Requiring clearance from the NRL over their salary cap, the club had to wait to officially announce Norman and future signings but it is one that the club is pleased to confirm.
â€œThe Club now has a clearer picture of its Salary Cap position allowing it to finalise a number of player negotiations that had been placed on hold over the past couple of months,” said Eels Chairman, Max Donnelly.
â€œWe have been pleased with how Corey has responded to the personal challenges of this year and we look forward to his contribution to the club’s success over the next three years.”
â€œI am pleased that we can now start to bring positive announcements to our Members regarding our playing squad for 2017.”
One man who has guided the club and its players through the tumultuous times is head coach Brad Arthur and having seen what Corey is capable of, he is pleased to see him remain with the club.
â€œCorey has progressively improved his game over the first three years at the club and in 2016 showed how valuable his contribution is to the success of our team.”
â€œThrough todayâ€™s announcement, Corey has shown his commitment to the future direction of our Club and I have no doubt he will play a major role in moving our team forward over the next three years.”