There are a variety of Parramatta followers fuming over the lack of Reed Mahoney — and none extra so than two membership legends, Ray Value and Mick Cronin.
The duo didn’t maintain again when contacted by The Daily Telegraph, with Value calling the Eels’ decision-makers “pathetic.”
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Mahoney has reportedly agreed to a four-year take care of the Bulldogs price $650,000 a season The deal trumps the provide the Eels are understood to have supplied — three years at $500,000 a season.
The 23-year-old’s defection comes one week after teammate Isaiah Papali’i signed with the Wests Tigers and two weeks after one other Eel Marate Niukore signed with the Warriors.
Value — a premiership-winning captain who performed 258 video games for the membership — questioned the membership’s plans earlier than taking a swing on the membership’s efforts to make former gamers really feel welcome.
“What are they doing? He’s a top quality hooker. He’s an excellent participant. However so is Papali’i,” he instructed the Telegraph.
“Jesus Christ. It may’t go on like this. They want gamers and they’re simply letting them go.
“There’s not a lot we will do as a result of they only don’t hearken to anybody.
“We’re the one group that received one thing and so they couldn’t give a s**t about us.
“The vast majority of the individuals which might be having something to do with the membership and the aspect wouldn’t know a footballer if he picked his nostril.
“They haven’t received a clue. They’re pathetic.”
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A disappointed Cronin admitted he can’t blame Mahoney for taking the attractive offer but pointed out how much the game has changed.
Cronin turned down big offers to stick with Parramatta several times throughout his 10-year career and believes many of his teammates did too.
“Blokes like Ella, Kenny, Price and Sterling would all come into that category,” Cronin told the Telegraph.
“They would have all taken unders to stay.
“I am not going to be hypocritical because the club can get rid of you pretty quick.
“But it disappoints me from a game perspective that there is not a lot of loyalty. It is just the modern game.
“All I am saying is that the game has changed. It seems to be all about the dollar.
“That is dead set a good offer and I can’t blame him.
“But as I said, it probably shows you to a degree now that it is just about the money.”
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The Telegraph reports Mahoney struggled with decision before informing Eels coach Brad Arthur on Thursday.
His manager, Sam Ayoub has shut down any speculation that it’s caused tension with Arthur that could lead to an immediate release.
“Of course, like the rest of the squad there, his ambition is to be winning the comp with Parramatta (in 2022),” Ayoub told the Telegraph.
Prior to losing Mahoney, the Eels had already been accused of lowballing their players given they tried but failed to retain Niukore and Papali’i. Skipper Clint Gutherson re-signed last weekend but it was a drawn-out process due to the club not tabling an initial offer that was good enough.
Eels chairman Sean McElduff hit back in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, labelling the criticism as “absurd.”
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