Parramatta Eels chasing Gold Coast Titans speedster Jayden Campbell after Clint Gutherson bombshell

Paul Gallen has denied rumors that the Eels are pursuing Titans youngster Jayden Campbell in their search for an alternative fullback.

A day after the Sydney Morning Herald’s Michael Chammas revealed that eels were working on phones in pursuit of a “gamebreaker” or “X-factor” back end, he reported on Nine’s 100% Footy On Monday night, Parramatta was inquiring about the possibility of signing Campbell away from the Gold Coast mid-contract.

Gutherson gave the Eels his blessing when club brokers informed him they had come on the market, Chammas said.

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Gallen criticized the Eels’ pursuit of Campbell when Chammas dropped his name at the 100% Footy desk.

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Gould defended outgoing full-back Parramatta, who is also co-captain alongside Junior Paulo.

“I’m not saying you’re not right, but I can’t believe it,” Gallen said.

“I mean, he’s 28 and 29. He’s still two or three years old at his peak. I mean, between 28 and 32, that’s probably where you’re at your peak.

“And I mean, let’s think about the best full-backs. We’re talking about Latrell Mitchell, Turbo (Tom Trbojevic), (James) Tedesco and maybe (Ryan) Papenhuyzen. They don’t leave their clubs. not.”

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Parramatta is on the hunt for another full-back despite re-signing Gutherson to a big deal in November 2021.

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The former New South Wales Blues representative is under contract with the Eels until the end of 2025 on a deal worth $850,000 a year.

Campbell, the son of 2001 Dally M Medal winner Preston Campbell, has played 25 NRL games since being called up for his first-year debut in 2021.

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The 23-year-old speedster has started on the bench in the first four rounds of this season but is set to be named in the Titans’ 17 this week due to injuries to fullback AJ Brimson (hamstring) and five- eighth Kieran Foran. (calf).

Campbell is under contract with the Titans until the end of 2024.

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