Parramatta have fitted another piece into the puzzle the club has been trying to solve for the past four years, signing South Sydney hooker Nathan Peats to a three-year deal.
The Eels opted out of negotiations with Penrith rake Kevin Kingston, who has since re-signed with the Panthers, instead returning to their first option following the decision by English international James Roby to turn down a deal from Parramatta.
The Rabbitohs granted Peats a release from the final two years of his contract, which he agreed to in March.
On his Twitter account, Peats said it was a tough decision, ''the biggest of my life''. ''I'm a Souths junior and love the club to death but to further my career I believe it's what's best for me,'' he wrote.
''There is a long way to go before the season is over and I'm fully committed to Souths and having a year to remember.
''This is my first and last talk about the situation.''
The news of Peats' signing came on the day fellow recruit Corey Norman was dumped to the Queensland Cup by Broncos coach Anthony Griffin. Brisbane halfback Peter Wallace has also felt the brunt of Griffin's frustrations, relegated to the bench with Ben Hunt named at halfback.
North Queensland back-rower and fringe Blues player Tariq Sims has also been dropped to the Queensland Cup by coach Neil Henry.
Gold Coast welcome back representative duo Greg Bird and Nate Myles for their clash with South Sydney after coach John Cartwright rested the pair after Origin III. The Warriors will be without Glen Fisiiahi (pectoral injury) for the rest of the season, handing Ngani Laumape his chance on the wing.
Luke Lewis misses out on the chance to play against the club he captained last year, however, Wade Graham returns for Cronulla for the clash against his former club Penrith on Sunday.