They needed a prop and the Penrith Panthers were happy to oblige, releasing Reagan Campbell-Gillard effective immediately to the Parramatta Eels.
Still only 26, RCG brings with him the pedigree of playing for New South Wales, Australia and an NYC premiership in 2013.
It was the Eels who made the approach to take Campbell-Gillard off the Panthers hands and from there, negotiations ensued.
“Earlier this year Parramatta approached our club to express an interest in acquiring Reagan’s services,” Panthers General Manager Rugby League Matt Cameron said.
“After lengthy discussions between Panthers, Reagan’s management and Reagan himself, a mutually agreed position was reached.”
With purported cap issues a reason behind the release of several players, Campbell-Gillard’s departure gives them some much needed cap flexibility.
“The decision to grant this release was not taken lightly,” continued Cameron.
“Management of the club’s salary cap is a detailed and complex exercise that at times requires difficult decisions to be made to ensure sustainability.
“While it is always disappointing to see local juniors leave Panthers, this outcome provides our club with crucial salary cap flexibility not only next year but also in future years.
“As a club we thank Reagan for his service and wish him the best of luck moving forward.”
Also a Fijian international, the signing is one that the Eels welcome for the 2020 season as they bolster their roster.
“We’re continuing to build our roster and the addition of Reagan, a representative forward, is a great fit for our team,” said Parramatta Eels General Manager of Football, Mark O’Neill.