Ultimate show of confidence or a smokescreen to scare off other teams.
Parramatta Eels chief executive Scott Seward wants to make Brad Arthur the longest serving coach in the history of the storied franchise.
Perhaps in a bid to ward off interest from St George Illawarra, who have yet to sign a full time coach for 2015 with Paul McGregor currently holding the interim role, Seward sung the praises of Arthur.
“As far as I’m concerned, Brad will coach here for 10 years,’’ Seward said.
“That’s my intention and that’s how I intend to have the discussion with him.
“We’ve been clear and open with him about that, we’re not looking at him as a three-year deal.
“We’ve had instability from head coach level before, but we’ve also had instability with assistant coaches as well.
“He’s (Arthur) the focal point and everything will be built around him, but he’s got a great staff around him that we just want to help to keep getting better. To me that’s stability.
“I’d be surprised if any club wouldn’t be inquiring.
“It makes sense, he knows what he’s doing.’’