Digital mischief … the Parramatta Eels could be headed to jail, so to speak.Ricky Stuart could soon have a unique training base for his Eels … Parramatta jail. As the Eels prepare for a breakout season under their new coach, Sin Bin can reveal the decommissioned correctional facility is firming as their likely destination. ”We’re looking at a number of options for a training facility so that we can have our own one-stop shop and one of the options we’re currently considering is Parramatta jail,” Eels chief executive Bob Bentley said. ”We’re in discussions with state property people to secure a lease so we can put in a gymnasium, a boxing ring, mats and then run all of our operations out of the area. It’s only 500 metres from Parramatta Stadium and it would be an ideal location for us to set up a very high-performance unit, similar to a centre of excellence, where everything is contained in one area.” Arthur ”Neddy” Smith, Darcy Dugan and George Freeman are just some of the notorious figures who have called the prison, which was opened way back in 1798,home before its closure last year.
PARRA’S SPONSOR INTRIGUE
Parramatta officials will be shocked to learn that their major sponsor, Pirtek, has been involved in secret talks to back arch rivals Manly. Sin Bin can reveal that Pirtek boss Glenn Duncan was recently involved in discussions to take a stake in the Sea Eagles. Pirtek were one of several parties that flagged their interest in shaking up the ownership model of last year’s premiers but ultimately opted not to proceed. It’s unlikely Eels powerbrokers would have stood for such a conflict of interest.
KEARNEY JOINS BRONCOS
Sunday Sin Bin spies tell us Steve Kearney spoke with a Roosters official recently about an assistant’s role to new coach Trent Robinson, but the former Parramatta coach will reportedly join the Broncos’ coaching staff next season. The Chooks are close to finalising their support staff for next year, when their playing roster will be boosted by Sonny Bill Williams and James Maloney.
MANLY IN TO BAT FOR GOWER
Manly are poised to bolster their pack with the signing of St George Illawarra forward David Gower. However, there is still uncertainty on how the Sea Eagles will line up next year. Salary cap pressure means the club may have to offload Brent Kite, but his switch to Wests Tigers is not a done deal. Parramatta-bound Manly assistant Matt Parish is the favourite to take over from Tim Sheens. Should he be successful, it is understood Kite is unlikely to figure in his plans at the joint-venture club.
EL MASRI DEAL LIKELY SOON
We revealed last week that the AFL has attempted to poach Hazem El Masri as an ambassador for western Sydney. That news should have acted as a wake-up call for the ARL Commission bigwigs, but they are still to thrash out a deal with the Canterbury legend. However, an announcement is likely this week.
EARS TO A GOOD TIME
James Graham gets done for biting. Mike Tyson is coming to town. Are you thinking what Max Markson is thinking? ”I’m happy to extend an invitation to James Graham to meet Mike Tyson in Sydney on Saturday, November 17,” said Markson, who is promoting the Tyson tour. ”They can meet, have a photo taken and we can caption it, ‘Lend me your ears’.”
BLAIR’S BACK FOR KIWIS
Adam Blair, a surprise omission from the New Zealand team, has been given a call-up after injury ruled Newcastle-bound former Cronulla forward Jeremy Smith out of the Townsville Test against Australia.
TIME TO RUFFLE FEATHERS
A fiery meeting is expected when Magpies fans front Western Suburbs District Rugby League Football Club officials at today’s ”information meeting” at Wests Ashfield Leagues club from 10am. With massive doubts about whether the Magpies will field a team in next year’s NSW Cup – Wests Tigers has called for the joint-venture to field only one side next year – it will be a chance for supporters to hear the recommendations of black and white powerbrokers.
ONE MORE FOR UTAI
They may not have a coach, but it hasn’t stopped Wests Tigers from re-signing players. Matt Utai has just signed a one-year extension with the club. ”He’s been in almost career-best form and has finished the season really strongly for them,” said Utai’s manager, Giancarlo Lombardo of GLT Sports Management. ”He’s looking forward to a big 2013.”
FINCH FLIES FOR STORM
As we revealed back in July, Brett Finch will rejoin Melbourne next year. The announcement was officially made at the Storm’s awards night on Friday.
Steve Menzies was a surprise attendee at Manly’s presentation dinner on Friday night. The Beaver, who will play on into his 41st year for Catalan, stunned guests and officials when he flew in to present an award named in his honour.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Benny Elias moves in interesting circles. The Tigers great was spotted at China Doll dining with Crusty Demons star Robbie Maddison, outgoing FFA boss Ben Buckley, Hawthorn star Lance ”Buddy” Franklin and PR man Grant Vandenberg.
COURT DATE FOR FOLKES
We recently revealed that Daniel Folkes, the son of former Canterbury coach Steve Folkes, allegedly urinated on a man during a night out in Sydney. Daniel, a former under-20s player for the Bulldogs, was charged with offensive language, offensive behaviour and resisting arrest. The matter has been adjourned until Thursday, although he isn’t required to front the Downing Centre Court if legally represented.
PLENTY TO CHEW ON
Most punters believe the judiciary got it right in handing James Graham a 12-week ban. However, recent history will show that the defendant in a much more serious ear-biting incident got a lesser suspension. North Sydney winger Mitchell Stevens copped only 10 weeks, despite the fact he was found to have bitten a chunk of Balmain-Ryde player Jason Schirnack’s ear off in a NSW Cup game in 2010. Stevens pleaded not guilty and claimed that he had punched rather than bit Schirnack’s ear, but also lost his case.
THAT’S IT … FOR NOW
That’s it for Sunday Sin Bin for this year. Thanks for reading and, until next footy season, do svidaniya!
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