Parcell confirms three-year Manly deal
MATT Parcell has confirmed the worst kept secret in rugby league.
The Ipswich Jets and sometimes Brisbane Broncos rake has publicly confirmed he has signed a three-year-deal to join the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles from the end of the current season.
The Sea Eagles have given Parcell the opportunity to play in the NRL week-in, week-out, which is something the Brisbane Broncos couldn't.
Parcell impressed in six NRL games for the Broncos this year, but his run was curtailed by salary cap restraints.
Parcell has had to keep quiet about the deal until Manly went public with it, which they only did once their 2015 finals hopes were extinguished at the weekend with their loss to Parramatta.
With Matt Ballin to leave the club at the end of this season Parcell has been told he is in the running to be the Sea Eagles' first choice number nine in 2016.
With the Broncos already having Andrew McCulloch and Kodi Nikorima on the books for next year Parcell's avenue was blocked, so the Manly offer was too good to refuse.
"Everything has fallen into place," Parcell said.
"It has taken a lot of hard work.
"It was a hard decision in the short term.
"But in the long term it's a three year deal so I can knuckle down and play footy."