Arthur and Eels hoping to 'move forward' after salary cap breach


Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur hopes the embattled club can now "move forward" after the NRL confirmed their punishment for salary cap breaches.

The NRL confirmed the original penalty handed down to the Eels in May, with Saturday's announcement seeing Parramatta stripped of 12 competition points on top of a 1,000,000 Australian dollar fine following offences dating back to 2013.

Australian rugby league's governing body also cancelled the registration of five club officials, while revoking all differential points (for and against) accumulated by the Eels in the first nine rounds of the 2016 season.

"Look, to say I'm disappointed is an understatement," Arthur told radio station Triple M. "I feel really sorry for the playing group and our fans, but I have bought into the politics all along.

"My job is to coach the team and I'll just focus on that. I just hope that as a club we can move forward."

The ruling came less than 24 hours after the Eels rallied to beat Sydney Roosters 22-18 on Friday.

Arthur added: "The group of players we've got have shown that there is definite future for us moving forward. We've dealt with the disappointment [of the cap] and moved on from it weeks ago.

"We knew the situation wasn't going to change for us and the boys have been very resilient and I'm so proud them the way they keep performing and fronting up each week.

"The players are doing their job and I'm extremely proud of them. Yes we need to tidy up our administration and what we do off the field, but it's been a long time since our supporters can say they've actually got a tough team to support."

Amid all the drama, the Eels are also continuing to support star half-back Kieran Foran.

Foran, recovering from a season-ending shoulder injury, has been granted another break from rugby league in the wake of off-field issues.

"It's all about his health for me at the moment," Arthur said. "I've been dealing with him for quite a while, in terms of where he was at personally.

"It's no real surprise to me that his head isn't in the right place to play football. I think a bit of time away from the game can only help him and get himself right.

"I'm sure at some stage he will regain that desire to want to be in a team environment and play football, but at the moment it's best for him to just try and concentrate on getting his personal life sorted."