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Eels' spree forces Galuvao out

By Steve Jancetic 07/08/2009 06:47:13 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta's shopping spree has brought its first casualty, with the likeable forward Joe Galuvao forced out of the NRL club due to the salary cap.

On the same day the Eels confirmed the signing of Timana Tahu for the next three seasons, Galuvao admitted he was likely to take up a deal to move to Brookvale in 2010, after the club had indicated there was no money left for next season.

Parramatta have been one of the biggest spenders ahead of the 2010 campaign, with representative forwards Shane Shackleton and Justin Poore, along with dual international Tahu, headed to the western Sydney club next season.

The 31-year-old Galuvao said he was keen to stay on at the Eels, having resurrected a career which appeared over when he was forced to play in the Queensland Cup while on contract with South Sydney.

But he is now resigned to finding himself a new home.

"I'm still dealing with Manly," Galuvao said on Friday.

"My preference was to stay here but things happen and change.

"You've got to deal with those things. But the time I've had here has been awesome and I've just enjoyed the opportunities."

Asked if he was forced out by a lack of room under the cap, Galuvao said:

"That's pretty much the indication here, it's not that they didn't want me - as with most clubs these days the salary cap comes into consideration.

"Timana's coming here and that's great for the club, he's a great player and if it's at my expense then so be it.

"I'm not one to stand here and kick stones."

In explaining his decision to return to Parramatta, where he played from 2005 to 2007, Tahu said the move made sense.

He was granted a release from his Australian Rugby Union contract on Wednesday, and completed his move to Parramatta on Friday after being given a clearance by club rugby side West Harbour.

"I stayed close to a lot of the boys here during my time in union and I'd text or call them from time to time, so coming back just made sense to me and my family," Tahu said.

"Knowing so many people here, including having a friend in Paul Osborne as CEO, it wasn't like I was coming to a new club at all, so there was no reason for me to look anywhere else really."

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