Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
It is no secret that the Parramatta Eels are bound to lose a few star players at the end of 2022.
With over $4,000,000 worth of talent coming off contract, multiple players have already indicated that they will potentially leave the club.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard’s manager has already spoken publicly about his client’s refusal to take up the option in his favour with the Eels in 2023, as he is hoping to be the face of The Dolphins in their inaugural season.
Second-rower Isaiah Papali’i has also reportedly refused to extend his stay in Parramatta, with the Wests Tigers believed to be in hot pursuit.
There is also speculation that a few players have already begun to be targeted by other clubs, with the Broncos apparently set to offer hooker Reed Mahoney a deal, and now The Daily Telegraph is reporting that an unnamed French Rugby Union club is looking to sign Maika Sivo.
“And News Corp can reveal the powerhouse Sivo is being enticed to quit the NRL after next season for French rugby,” stated the article.
“Sivo, 30 next year, is known to be keen on following the lead of another Fijian-born Parramatta winger, Semi Radradra, who moved to Toulon rugby union after the 2017 season.
“While he has two more years remaining on his current deal, Sivo could seek an early release should the French offer formally materialise.”
This report is technically correct in the sense that Sivo does still have two years left on his current deal; however, after 2022 Sivo has an option in his favour that if he does not accept will mean he can walk away from the Eels.
Parramatta must be aware of this interest from French Rugby, as The Daily Telegraph is also suggesting that the Eels already have a replacement for Sivo lined up in Canberra’s Bailey Simonsson.
The Raiders are believed to be aware of these rumours but are yet to be approached by Simonsson or the Eels about a potential move.
Sivo would be sorely missed by Eels fans and Rugby League supporters in general, as his blistering speed, power and try-scoring ability has seen him become one of the game’s most popular players.