IT seems the ongoing contract dramas surrounding Clint Gutherson are over with reports he will stay at the Parramatta Eels on a long term deal.
It is believed the club captain has agreed to a three-year contract extension following a whopping seven months of negotiations.
Parramatta have not made an official statement, but are expected to confirm the deal on Thursday.
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Gutherson’s future has been at the center of widespread specualtion in recent weeks. It’s believed he had been looking to secure a four-year deal of around $700,000 a season.
In added good news for the Eels star, the new deal could increase his chance of selection for NSW in the State of Origin series after coach Brad Fittler made it clear he did not want players in the Blues’ squad who were in the middle of negotiations.
OFFICIAL | The Eels can confirm the re-signing of @ClintGutherson for three years, until the end of 2022!
— Parramatta Eels (@TheParraEels) May 16, 2019
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Gutherson backed himself to handed an Origin call up if it came his way.
“I would say I could,” he said.
“I’m in good physical condition, I do all the tough stuff but there’s plenty of players putting their hands up.
“I would love to. Every player wants to play Origin.”