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Jake Arthur is expected to be named in Manly’s side to play the Knights this weekend after leaving Parramatta to join their arch rivals on an 18-month contract.
Arthur, who has been blocked behind Mitchell Moses and Dylan Brown in the Eels’ pecking order, discussed a move with his father and Parramatta coach Brad, who could be plotting a win against Jake as early as next month.
Manly coach Anthony Seibold is expected to name the 20-year-old for the clash against Newcastle on Sunday with the Sea Eagles poised to be without State of Origin stars Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans.
Arthur will provide cover for Cherry-Evans during the Origin period and handle Manly’s halves responsibility alongside Josh Schuster and Cooper Johns.
While Manly had been on the lookout for a utility player to help them for the rest of the season – they had registered an interest in Bulldogs playmaker Kyle Flanagan – they’ve also offered Arthur a deal for 2024, giving him the chance to establish himself a regular NRL player.
Arthur scored in last year’s grand final defeat against the Panthers and has played 22 NRL games for the Eels, having been handed a debut by his dad during Magic Round in 2021.
Jake Arthur will join the Sea Eagles in an immediate switch from the Eels.Credit: Getty
The Sea Eagles are expected to confirm Arthur’s signing before Seibold announces his team on Tuesday afternoon for the trip to Newcastle.
Arthur has handled criticism from sections of Parramatta’s supporter base with class, and recognised his chance of securing his long-term future would be away from the Eels, who have recently handed long-term contracts to Moses and Brown.
Moses officially signed a five-year deal last week, with player options in his favour for the final two years, while Brown could be tied to the Eels until 2031, the longest contract offered to an active player, if he takes up certain options.
Arthur has made only one appearance for the Eels in the NRL this season, deputising for Moses at halfback in their round 11 loss to the Raiders in Canberra.
The Sea Eagles and Eels are due to meet at CommBank Stadium on June 17, a match in which Cherry-Evans will miss given he will be on Origin duty.
It could see a father coaching against his son, reminiscent of when Ivan Cleary prepared the Tigers against son Nathan’s Panthers.
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