The Parramatta Eels say they can still afford to keep hold of new recruits Kieran Foran and Beau Scott despite its salary cap dramas.
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Both Foran and Scott are due to play for the Eels next season following moves from the Manly Sea Eagles and Newcastle Knights respectively.
Parramatta was hit with a preliminary breach notice of $525,000 on Thursday after the NRL revealed the club overspent the standard cap by more than $400,000 in 2014.
The NRL confirmed on Thursday that the Eels have until February 29 next year to get its books in order, however if the NRL are not satisfied by the Eels’ attempts to implement changes, they will begin the 2016 season minus four points.
The penalty has raised doubt of Parramatta’s ability to keep hold of Foran and Scott, but club chief executive Scott Seward told Triple M that the issue would have no impact on the club’s new recruits.
“Yesterday’s decision was about the past in this football club, not about the future,” Seward is quoted as saying by AAP.
“The contracts for those guys are lodged.
“They are part of the forecast compliance that the salary cap auditor has given us, which they again said yesterday we’re fine and we’re under the cap by a significant margin moving forward.”