NRL journalist Paul Kent has lifted the lid on a rift over the division of hotel rooms which has caused fresh disharmony among the Parramatta squad.
The Eels’ season is threatening to crash and burn after just one win in their last six games.
The future of coach Brad Arthur is under threat, with questions being raised over what captain Clint Gutherson is worth as he begins to negotiate his new contract.
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Kent reported on Fox League’s NRL360 that when wives and girlfriends arrived in the Eels’ bubble, many were uncomfortable with the rooms they were allocated.
According to Kent, the better rooms were given to players based on their standing in the squad rather than according to their needs.
As a consequence, some single players were given better rooms despite larger families needing the space.
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“I’ve written in tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph that there has been a bit of bickering in the playing group,” Kent said.
“It’s a delicate one to talk about, what’s happened is when they have all moved in together – and every team has been allocated a certain number of rooms – the better players have got the better rooms.
“It’s the way it works, but what’s happened is that it has caused a bit of internal bickering because wives, girlfriends and kids have arrived.
“Some of the more senior players, the better players, have the better rooms with a balcony and all the rest of it.
“While (there are others) in a little square room with the wife and two kids.
“People will say, ‘Big deal’. But when you’re in that quarantine environment for 14 days with no fresh air.
“The windows don’t open and you’re eating three times a day at the cafeteria all those things compound and they amplify in that situation.
“That’s one of things that’s gone wrong with Parramatta.”
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While Kent highlighted off-field drama, Fox League’s James Hooper said that internal disputes were filtering through onto the field.
“That’s reflected in their performances,” Hooper said.
“The good clubs have thrived in this bubble scenario.
“They are all flying, but at Parramatta there are plenty of cracks. Brad Arthur looks like a coach short on answers.
“He can talk about winning the collision and game management all he likes, but the players have got to accept accountability.
“But the buck has to stop with Brad.”
Originally published asHotel rift causes ‘internal bickering’ for Eels
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