Eels and Sea Eagles consider Brown-Harper player swap
Nathan Brown would swap Parramatta for Manly in exchange for Morgan Harper in a potential deal being considered by the clubs.
The Eels have given Brown, a former NSW forward in the last year of his contract, permission to explore his options. Harper is in the same situation at the Sea Eagles, prompting their managers and clubs to explore trade options.
A potential sticking point is the discrepancy in wages. Brown’s salary is about double that of Harper’s. Manly are also well stocked with back-rowers, given Haumole Olakau’atu, Karl Lawton, Ben Trbojevic, Samuela Fainu, Ethan Bullemor and Kelma Tuilagi all provide depth in the position.
However, there remains interest in making a deal if the price is right.
Brown was dropped from first grade last year but fought back to earn a spot in coach Brad Arthur’s team for the grand final. The Italy international continues to train with the blue and golds despite suffering a hamstring strain during the summer.
Harper was a staple in the Manly three-quarter line during Des Hasler’s second stint on the Northern Beaches, but will have plenty of competition for selection for this season’s opening clash with Canterbury.