Eels ready to sign a good super star in audacious swap deal with Canterbury Bulldogs

The Parramatta Eels are keen on a deal that would land them Josh Addo-Carr, with Ryan Matterson going the other way

Bulldogs flyer Josh Addo-Carr could be set for an unexpected move to Parramatta if he is released from his contract by Canterbury.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Parramatta has expressed interest in signing Addo-Carr and proposed a deal that involves a player swap.

The Eels would have to release a player, potentially a forward, to complete the deal.
Addo-Carr and the club were on shaky ground after a spate of off-field incidents, however a recent meeting with general manager Phil Gould was said to have resolved any tension.

The premiership-winning winger is contracted to Canterbury until the end of 2025 but could depart immediately if made a free agent.

With the Bulldogs in need of forwards after losing Tevita Pangai Jnr, Luke Thompson, Corey Waddell, Franklin Pele and Fa’amanu Brown, the club could benefit from a player swap.
Addo-Carr has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently.

First, he was slapped with a two-match suspension and a $5000 fine as punishment for his involvement in a brawl at the Koori Knockout.

He was then forced to apologise for a distasteful social media post linking Indigenous land rights to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Sources close to Addo-Carr told Wide World of Sports’ The Mole that the former Wests Tigers and Storm flanker was disappointed with the level of support afforded to him by the club.

However, following the make-or-break meeting with Gould, the Bulldogs supremo declared that Addo-Carr was valued by the club.

“Josh has had an eventful couple of weeks. He was most apologetic and keen to redeem himself,” Gould told Wide World of Sports earlier this month.
“Pressure and stress can manifest itself in different ways at times.

“We will get him back on track.”

The Eels recently signed Manly centre Morgan Harper on a one-year deal to build depth, but the addition of Addo-Carr could provide the X-factor out wide that the club needs to surge back into the competition’s top eight.

Since moving to Canterbury in 2022, Addo-Carr has scored 27 tries in 38 appearances.

The Eels and Bulldogs are yet to comment on the matter.
The news comes after the Bulldogs signed Warriors forward Josh Curran on a multi-year deal on Wednesday.

1 Comment

  1. I see, like Lazarus, this rumour is back from the dead. It’s true that Parramatta has far more depth in the forwards than outside backs and that Matterson is on big money and normally is coming off the bench, so maybe the suggestion has some credance

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