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Penrith rule out Eastwood as Frank's sub

By Ben Horne 26/08/2010 07:46:29 PM Comments (0)

Penrith chief executive Mick Leary has ruled out the NRL club chasing Greg Eastwood as a replacement for departing second rower Frank Pritchard.

A homesick Eastwood is keen to get out of his contract with English Super League club Leeds and his blockbusting style makes him similar in many ways to Pritchard, who on Wednesday signed a three-year deal with Canterbury.

However Leeds are seeking a 100,000 pound ($A175,000) transfer fee to let go of Eastwood just one year into a three-year deal with the Rhinos.

Leary said the transfer fee made things difficult and all but ruled out the possibility of the Panthers replacing one Kiwi international with another.

"Most probably not, no. I wouldn't be investigating that at all," he said.

Eastwood's agent David Riolo said his client's negotiations had been put on hold while he plays the Challenge Cup final this weekend.

Riolo said the transfer figure wasn't completely set in stone and was open to bargaining with the Super League club.

"Everything's negotiable, so we've just got to work it out with Leeds and potential suitors and go from there, so we'll see what happens," Riolo said.

"Hopefully I'll try and sort something out in the next week or two, pretty quickly anyway."

Riolo refused to be drawn into speculation about specific clubs interested in Eastwood's services.

Penrith CEO Leary said he was in no hurry to use up Pritchard's money on players for next season.

"No one has taken my eye at the moment for want of a better word, so we're sitting on our hands to wait and see if something pops up," continued Leary.

"As happened last year, where we picked up six players from other clubs that were virtually released from their clubs and the six of them have played first grade so we're happy with that and we're just going to sit back and wait."

Canterbury CEO Todd Greenberg said on Wednesday the Bulldogs were still interested in Eastwood, even after adding Pritchard to their books.

Asked were the club still keen on Eastwood, who has expressed a desire to return to his former club, Greenberg said: "Very much so.

"It comes down to the amount (of the transfer fee) because we're not going to be writing a blank cheque, but we're happy to negotiate on a number."

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