Tim Mannah’s impending move to Wests Tigers won’t affect his chances of returning to Parramatta in an off-field role once he retires from football.
Mannah is still expected to make the switch to the Tigers well before the June 30 deadline, but all parties have several issues to work through before the transfer happens. Mannah is currently an ambassador for the Parramatta Leagues Club and the blue and golds remain amenable to employing the veteran prop once he finishes playing.
However, the process has been complicated by the fact Mannah is doing the deal himself – he recently parted company with his manager – and both clubs are keen for the salary cap auditor to be across the process.
It remains to be seen whether the Eels will chip in any of Mannah’s freight to switch sides and the club is keen to keep the NRL abreast of all developments, particularly if Mannah wants to return to the Eels after he retires. Head office sanctioned the Tigers for not properly declaring a post-career job when they moved on Robbie Farah in 2016 and the blue and golds want to ensure they are fully compliant with the salary cap rules.