Corey Norman of the Eels in action against the Brisbane Broncos last week. Norman has since been fined $20,000 for drinking while injured earlier in the NRL season.
Corey Norman of the Eels in action against the Brisbane Broncos last week. Norman has since been fined $20,000 for drinking while injured earlier in the NRL season. DAVE HUNT

Eels 'proud' of bad boy Norman

PARRAMATTA have rubbished rumours Corey Norman is on the outer with the NRL strugglers and could be released from the final year of his contract.

Norman was this week fined $20,000 for drinking while injured earlier in the season, fuelling suggestions the Eels were running out of patience with him.

When asked whether Norman was out of favour with Eels management, coach Brad Arthur said the player was contracted until next year and he had no plans to let him go.

"It's simple - he's contracted until 2019," Arthur said.

"The same as I'm contracted, the same as 20 other players are."

Norman was reprimanded after posting pictures of himself drinking on social media.

On Thursday he accepted responsibility, promising to "cop it on the chin", while his teammates including Bevan French and Michael Jennings described him as a positive influence on the side.

It is the second time Norman has been fined in two years.

He was fined $20,000 and suspended for the final eight weeks of the 2016 season for a string of offences including pleading guilty to drug possession after being caught with MDMA and another prescribed, restricted substance at The Star Casino.

His conviction was overturned on appeal.

He was also reprimanded for filming a lewd sexual act and drug use as well as consorting with criminals.

"He's in good spirits. We're proud of him, he's accepted full responsibility for his actions," Arthur said.

Norman will miss Saturday's clash with Newcastle because of a foot injury.

The 27-year-old has failed to live up to his best this season, with the side in last spot and their finals hopes extinguished at the halfway point.

Arthur said the rumours were a product of the club's lowly standing on the ladder.

"There's always things that get speculated when you're losing," he said.

"If we weren't losing, there'd be no speculation.

"Look, he made a mistake, he's put his hand up, he's taken ownership and responsibility for it and now it's time for us to move forward."

- AAP