Reed Mahoney signs with Canterbury Bulldogs, Mick Cronin, Ray Price, reaction, Parramatta Eels, contract

There are plenty of Parramatta fans enraged at the loss of Reed Mahoney – and none more than two club legends, Ray Price and Mick Cronin.

The duo did not hold back when contacted by The daily telegraph, with Price calling Eels decision-makers “pathetic.”

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Mahoney has reportedly accepted a four-year contract with the Bulldogs worth $ 650,000 per season.

The 23-year-old’s defection comes a week after teammate Isaiah Papali’i signed with the Wests Tigers and two weeks after another Eel Marate Niukore signed with the Warriors.

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Price – a premier-winning captain who played 258 games for the club – questioned the club’s plans before criticizing the club’s efforts to make former players feel welcome.

“What are they doing? He’s a quality hooker. He’s a very good player. But so is Papali’i,” he told Telegraph.

“Jesus Christ. It can’t go on like this. They need players and they just let them go.

“There’s not much we can do because they just aren’t listening to anyone.

“We’re the only team that won something and they couldn’t say anything about us.

“The majority of people who have something to do with the club and the team wouldn’t know a footballer if he picked up his nose.

“They have no idea. They are pathetic.


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A disappointed Cronin admitted he couldn’t blame Mahoney for accepting the enticing offer, but pointed out how much the game has changed.

Cronin has turned down big offers to stay with Parramatta on several occasions during his 10-year career and believes many of his teammates have, too.

“Guys like Ella, Kenny, Price and Sterling would all fall into this category,” Cronin told The Telegraph.

“They would all have taken money to stay.

“I’m not going to be hypocritical because the club can get rid of you pretty quickly.”

“But it disappoints me from a game point of view that there isn’t a lot of loyalty. It’s just modern game.

“All I’m saying is the game has changed. It looks like it’s all about the dollar.

“It’s a good offer and I can’t blame him.

“But like I said, that probably shows you to some extent now that it’s all about the money.”

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The Telegraph reports Mahoney struggled to make a decision before briefing Eels coach Brad Arthur on Thursday.

His manager, Sam Ayoub, has ended any speculation that this has caused tensions with Arthur that could lead to immediate release.

“Of course, like the rest of the team there, his ambition is to win the competition with Parramatta (in 2022),” Ayoub told the Telegraph.

Before losing Mahoney, the Eels had previously been accused of letting their players down as they tried but failed to hold back Niukore and Papali’i. Skipper Clint Gutherson stepped down last weekend, but the process has been a long one as the club failed to make a good enough initial offer.

Eels chairman Sean McElduff hit back in an interview with The daily telegraph, calling the criticism “absurd”.

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