Just days after the Warriors' A$3.1 million (NZ$3.2m) offer to lure youngster Dylan Brown away from Parramatta was revealed, the Eels are set to return serve.

The Parramatta club are considering a poaching raid of their own on the Kiwi club that would see Issac Luke join the Eels immediately.

The Sydney Morning Herald revealed Parramatta was contemplating offering the veteran hooker a more lucrative deal to that he signed with the Warriors with would see him in blue and gold in 2019 and 2020.

The deal was believed to be worth about A$728,000 (NZ$757,500) in total, however it was yet to be formally put on the table.


The addition of Luke would add some much needed experience to the Eels spine. Second-year hooker Reed Mahoney positioned to take the reins in the No.9 jersey as roster stand, while Jaeman Salmon - who has played just five games in the NRL - was expected to replace Corey Norman in the halves alongside Mitchell Moses.

While Eels coach Brad Arthur believes Mahoney is the club's long-term No.9, Luke's experience would be a welcome addition.

The Parramatta Eels will be looking for an improved 2019 campaign. The biggest underachiever in 2018, the Eels finished bottom of the ladder after being tipped as a playoff contender by pundits.