NRL 1 year ago

Former Eels officials admit to pay issues

  • Former Eels officials admit to pay issues

Parramatta's former chief executive and its ex-football manager have admitted to using merchandise sales and inflated invoices to honour under-the-table payments to the NRL club's players.

Former Eels boss Scott Seward and football manager Jason Irvine also told the NRL during its investigations that by the end of the 2014 season, $589,000 was owed to players in unwritten deals.

"The players are like animals you know. They feed wherever they can," Irvine reportedly told the NRL.

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The pair also admitted to Seward paying the money to players by way of cash, either provided directly by suppliers or after paid into Irvine's credit union account.

Seward, also said now-Brisbane recruitment manager Peter Nolan was aware of most of the deals, and had told him not to worry as "people will help us out".

Irvine said he had only personally paid $6000 in cash to one player, Nathan Peats, who had demanded the money and threatened he would quit playing if he did not receive it.

There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing from any player.

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