The Eels finally have a win. Not on the actual field, but hey – you’ve got to start somewhere.
No, the Eels first win of the year has come in the form of Raiders forward Junior Paulo, for whom they’ve reportedly outbid the Raiders to bring him back to Parramatta next year.
According to James Hooper on Fox Sports, Paulo and the Eels have agreed to terms on a four-year, $2.8 million deal from 2019.
It had earlier been reported that the Eels were hopeful of Paulo gaining an early release to help the Eels climb up the ladder immediately, but Hooper suggests that the Raiders aren’t expected to grant an early release.
The loss of Paulo should help alleviate some salary cap pressure on the Raiders, and could potentially pave the way for them to make a competitive offer to Storm forward Tim Glasby.
Paulo has played 95 first grade games for the Raiders and Eels, and 7 Tests for Samoa.