The following is a statement from John Boulous, CEO of the Parramatta Eels, regarding reports in today's Daily Telegraph:
Today's story in the Daily Telegraph is wrong and omits important information.
The facts of this matter are:
A player ambassador program was certainly discussed as part of the Parramatta Eels' strategic partnership with Parramatta City Council.
The Eels were involved in making introductions between the players and Council, as is fully allowable under the NRL's rules.
Ultimately, after discussions with the NRL and player representatives, Council decided not to pursue the ambassador program.
Again, there were discussions with the NRL about all relevant issues relating to the potential program with Council.
Any specific discussions relating to third party arrangements must be done at arm's length from the club, through the nominated player's management and with the NRL's approval.
The above information was provided in full to the journalist in question who authored the story, after he contacted the club for comment at 6pm last night.