Eels avoid point deduction on eve of new NRL season


Parramatta Eels have avoided a four-point deduction ahead of the start of the 2016 NRL season following salary-cap breaches.

The Eels agreed to an independent governance review which was ordered by the NRL in September in a bid to avoid the points deduction as part of the punishment which included a fine of almost $500,000 Australian dollars handed down in May following breaches relating to the 2014 season.

After much debate with the NRL, the Eels agreed to an independent review in September after originally wanting their own bookkeepers to conduct the review.

On Wednesday, the NRL released a statement stating that: "The NRL said today that the Parramatta Eels had satisfactorily completed the core governance changes recommended by an independent review."

NRL's head of integrity Nick Weeks said: "Both the NRL and the Eels believe these governance changes will help the club become more stable and, ultimately, more successful and that is what the fans and members want to see."

The Eels open the 2016 season against the Brisbane Broncos on Thursday.