EEL DEAL: Scott Briggs close to signing with Parra

SHOT AT NRL: Scott Briggs on the charge for South Newcastle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SOUTH Newcastle’s Scott Briggs could sensationally find himself in the famous Parramatta No.7 jersey this season with news he is negotiations with the NRL club.

The reformed bad boy, who played in the Knights’ NSW Cup side last season, has been talking to the struggling Eels for several weeks about joining their feeder club Wentworthville.

‘‘I’m pretty confident that they want to sign me,’’ Briggs said yesterday.

‘‘I’m hoping next week, but we’ve just got to sort out some other stuff and then hopefully it will be signed, sealed and delivered.’’

A spokesman for Parramatta said the club would not comment on recruitment matters.

Given the Eels’ horrific 1-8 win-loss record this season and coach Stephen Kearney’s decision to drop his halves Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts to NSW Cup on different occasions, a stint in the NRL for Briggs is not an outlandish possibility.

‘‘I’ve just been trying to keep fit playing some local league, so when I get down there I’m not behind the eight-ball,’’ the 25-year-old said. ‘‘Hopefully I’ll get a look in before the year runs out.’’

Last year Briggs made a successful return to rugby league with the Knights’ feeder team, Central Coast Centurions, after he spent 14 months in jail on assault and armed robbery charges.

Briggs told the Herald last year his time behind bars ‘‘really opened my eyes’’.

‘‘I think I needed it. It was the best thing that ever happened to me, so if I didn’t, I’d probably be doing the same thing I’d always done,’’ he said.

A bruised heel during the pre-season meant Briggs fell out of calculations for the Knights NSW Cup side and the talented playmaker was released to Newcastle Rugby League club Souths. In his three matches for the Lions, Briggs has shown glimpses of brilliance.

He will play halfback today for Souths against Port Stephens Sharks at Townson Oval, but he hopes it will be his last local league match, as carving out a professional career is his priority.

‘‘It’s good to get another opportunity,’’ he said.

‘‘The reason I left the Knights was I just didn’t feel like I was getting an opportunity there, so I made the move.’’

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