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NRL left waiting on Eels officials

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/06/2016 Matt Encarnacion

The NRL will decide on Thursday whether to take any further action on Parramatta's five provisionally suspended officials after their Wednesday deadline had passed with only one response.

Director Peter Serrao is believed to be the only Eels official to have responded to an individual show-cause notice for salary-cap breaches handed down last month by the governing body.

The developments come just one day after the NSW Supreme Court's rejection of their challenge against their provisional suspensions.

It means the NRL alone will decide the fate of the officials.

Eels chairman Steve Sharp, CEO John Boulous, directors Tom Issa and Serrao, as well as football manager Daniel Anderson, had until Wednesday to explain why they should not be de-registered by the NRL.

However, only Serrao's response was at league headquarters on Wednesday by close of business.

He is expected to fight fiercely to keep his job.

If and when all responses arrive at NRL HQ, the league will then take up to 10 days to make a final ruling.

The responses of the Eels' officials are separate to the one needed from the club, who have until Friday to show why they should not be stripped of 12 premiership points and the Auckland Nines title, as well as being fined $1 million.

Meanwhile, the Eels have yet to decide on a course of action for troubled skipper Kieran Foran, who remains bed-ridden following season-ending surgery last weekend on his shoulder.

Foran is expected to continue rehabilitation for personal issues that forced him to miss three games earlier this season, before he returned to play two matches before injuring his shoulder.

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