Sterling says five executives must go from Eels
AS A defiant Parramatta insisted its latest Australian representative, Semi Radradra, wasn't "going anywhere", Eels legend Peter Sterling called on the five club executives who have taken court action against the NRL to stand down immediately.
The "failed five", headed by club chairman Steve Sharp, are at the centre of the club's $3million salary cap scandal. They successfully secured a Supreme Court injection earlier in the week, preventing the NRL from deregistering them.
The remaining four directors, with the help of the NRL's former salary cap auditor Ian Schubert, have seven days to cull $570,000 from Parramatta's salary cap so the team can play South Sydney for premiership points in round 10.
With reports that police are now looking into possible claims of corporate fraud, Sterling said the five shamed club officials should do the right thing by Parramatta and quit.
"I've spoken to a multitude of Parramatta fans overnight and again today who are filthy, who believe that the people responsible for the club's situation have been found, they've been punished, let's move on," Sterling said on Fox Sports.
As member of Parramatta's four premiership victories during the club's golden era in the 1980s, Sterling said he was bewildered by why the five officials would stand in the way of the Eels moving forward and trying to make the finals despite the loss of 12 premiership points.
"This is difficult for me. I know the five and Steve Sharp was a teammate of mine. I won a premiership next to him and you get a very strong bond out of that. But they need to go, they need to put that aside - if their heart is for the club they need to put that before their individual situations at the moment," Sterling said.