Ricky Stuart could soon have a unique training base for his Eels … Parramatta jail.
As the Eels prepare for a breakout season under their new coach, the Sun can reveal the decommissioned correctional facility is firming as their likely destination.
''We're looking at a number of options for a training facility so that we can have our own one-stop shop and one of the options we're currently considering is Parramatta jail,'' Eels chief executive Bob Bentley said.
''We're in discussions with state property people to secure a lease so we can put in a gymnasium, a boxing ring, mats and then run all of our operations out of the area.
It's only 500 metres from Parramatta Stadium and it would be an ideal location for us to set up a very high-performance unit, similar to a centre of excellence, where everything is contained in one area.''
Arthur ''Neddy'' Smith, Darcy Dugan and George Freeman are just some of the notorious figures who have called the prison, which was opened way back in 1798,home before its closure last year.
PARRA'S SPONSOR INTRIGUE
Parramatta officials will be shocked to learn that their major sponsor, Pirtek, has been involved in secret talks to back arch rivals Manly.
The Sydney Morning Herald revealed that Pirtek boss Glenn Duncan was recently involved in discussions to take a stake in the Sea Eagles.
Pirtek were one of several parties that flagged their interest in shaking up the ownership model of last year's premiers but ultimately opted not to proceed.
It's unlikely Eels powerbrokers would have stood for such a conflict of interest.
KEARNEY JOINS BRONCOS
Sunday Sin Bin spies tell us Steve Kearney spoke with a Roosters official recently about an assistant's role to new coach Trent Robinson, but the former Parramatta coach will reportedly join the Broncos' coaching staff next season.
The Chooks are close to finalising their support staff for next year, when their playing roster will be boosted by Sonny Bill Williams and James Maloney.