Could the Eels season get any worse?
The Blue and Gold’s started of the 2016 season in suburb fashion, playing some incredible high quality football. It was short-lived when in early May the club was found to be in breach of the salary cap.
Since then they had they fair share of off field dramas, player losses and volatile performances. To date the Eels have unloaded talents such as Nathan Peats, Junior Paulo and Ryan Morgan all mid season, while dealing with unwanted headlines regarding Bikie dinners, drug possession and domestic assault.
But nothing has surprise me more than the rumours of the Eels pushing Kieran Foran out the door. Rumour has it Parramatta are keen to sign former Eels star Jarryd Hayne, and have pushed Foran out the door to make way for Hayne’s signature.
Fair enough Foran has spent little time on the field in 2016. He has missed much of the season through personal issues and recently underwent a season-ending shoulder surgery. Yet the time Foran spent on the field, in my opinion, was of true class. I felt the number 7 added a new dimension to the squad and steadied the ship nicely.
And this is why I am so puzzled, the Eels look far more likely to win a premiership with Foran in the Halves than with Hayne at Fullback. Hayne spent 8 years with the Eels and failed to lead them to a premiership during that era. Foran has brought more to the club in just the several games he managed to play this season.
While modern day Fullbacks bring alot to a team, I find their contribution to be that of an “upper hand” being more of a cherry on top than the quality core ingredient. A quality Half is a must have and I cannot recall a team winning a premiership without one.
It’s a big call but the Eels and in my opinion the wrong one. I’m sure there will be plenty of clubs fishing for Foran’s signiture.