Eels set to offer former Titan Bryce Cartwright career lifeline

The Eels are set to offer Titans reject Bryce Cartwright an NRL career lifeline in the hope he reaches his once endless potential in rugby league.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Eels are set to sign Cartwright on a one-year deal with the guarantee of a top-30 spot for 2021.

The former Panthers and Titans star will have to take a major pay cut and is set to agree to a minimum wage contract in order to resurrect his stalled career.

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It is a massive drop in salary for Cartwright who was a prodigious talent at Penrith before being lured to the Gold Coast on a big money deal worth around $500,000 a season.

The 25-year-old has scored 20 tries in 112 games for the Panthers and Titans since debuting in 2014.

However Cartwright could only manage one try from seven games for the Titans in 2020, before he mutually parted ways with the club to return to Sydney for family reasons.

Cartwright is still young in terms of a rugby league career, but has been plagued by chronic knee injuries that have caused his form to be inconsistent on the Glitter strip.

Cartright scored just four tries in 43 games for the Titans, before fears his vaccination stance would rule him out of the entire coronavirus affected 2020 season.

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The talented forward can cover back row, five-eighth and centre, but has struggled to nail down a consistent starting position in his rugby league career to date.

Parramatta decided to sign Cartwright despite the reservations of assistant coach and Channel 9 commentator Andrew Johns.

Bryce Cartwright in action for the Panthers against the Eels in 2017.Source:Getty Images

“If I was a club, I’d be very wary,” Johns said on told Wide World of Sports in September.

“It’s up to Bryce. The problem with Bryce is he’s had so much talent.

“Everyone can see how much talent he has. You look at rugby league history in the professional era in the last 20 years, some players who have so much talent, it just doesn’t do them service because they don’t have to work that hard.

“They get on the field and they can do things which take your breath away, but they haven’t got that hard edge about working tough and working hard.”

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