Par­ra­matta prop Kane Evans

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has welcomed talk the club is set to pur­sue Fi­jian team­mate Rea­gan Camp­bell-Gil­lard for next sea­son, de­scrib­ing the move as “un­real” if he ends up in blue and gold.

The Eels were linked to the Pan­thers prop on Monday af­ter NRL.com re­vealed both clubs had been in contact about a pos­si­ble re­lease for Camp­bell-Gil­lard, who was dropped to re­serve grade ear­lier in the sea­son by coach Ivan Cleary.

Camp­bell-Gil­lard signed a five-year ex­ten­sion at the foot of the moun­tains last sea­son and is con­sid­ered a born-and-bred lo­cal af­ter play­ing his ju­nior rugby league for the Wind­sor Wolves.

Evans played along­side Camp­bell-Gil­lard for NSW City in 2015 and be­lieves the for­mer Test prop is the big for­ward sign­ing the club is af­ter. “If the club can or­gan­ise that it would be un­real to have him here,” Evans told NRL.com.

“He’s a ma­chine and is one of the for­wards I look to – and he’s younger than me. I love the style that he plays and it would be mad if we got him. We’ve al­ready lost a few this sea­son and some are off con­tract. “There’s some room for a few sign­ings next year and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what the club does. If he came here I’d hate to play us.

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“He’s another Aus­tralian-Fi­jian boy too so it’s awe­some, the Fi­jian con­nec­tion we have here. We’ve got Maika, Waqa and Salesi Fainga’a. A cou­ple of younger boys got signed up this year too in the lower grade. It’s all been in­flu­enced by Semi (Radradra) when he was here and ev­ery­one’s done the coun­try proud.”

Par­ra­matta have al­ready lost Manu Ma’u (Hull FC) and Te­pai Mo­eroa (NSW Waratahs) in the for­ward pack for next sea­son, while vet­er­ans Tim Man­nah and David Gower face un­cer­tain fu­tures with the pair off con­tract at the end of this year.

Evans’ own con­tract has been ques­tioned in the past but the for­mer Roost­ers prop has forced his way into Brad Arthur’s start­ing line-up and wants to con­tinue to re­pay the Eels coach.

The team has recorded four wins from their past five games since the 27-year-old started in the front row.

“It’s been bet­ter than last year be­cause the body has been sweet,” Evans said. “I’m not get­ting too high or low with what I do, I just try and keep a rou­tine and stick to it so I stay steady.

“I want to fin­ish the year strong and am happy with where I’m go­ing. I never ful­filled the po­ten­tial with in­juries and other stuff go­ing on in footy at the Roost­ers so I want to do that here.”

Photo: NRL.com

Voda­fone Fi­jian Bati back­rower Kane Evans wel­comes Par­ra­matta Eels in­ter­est to sign-up his for­mer Bati team­mate Rea­gan Camp­bell- Gil­lard.

Reagen Camp­bell- Gil­lard

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