Shannan McPherson signs for Parramatta Eels

Former Salford and South Sydney prop Shannan McPherson is returning to play in the NRL after signing a train-and-trial deal with Parramatta Eels.

The 28-year-old was released by the Red Devils in June after two injury-ravaged. His departure freed up enough salary cap to allow Dr Marwan Koukash to sign New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke.

Parramatta boss Brad Arthur said: “Shannan is both experienced and hard-working, so will be a great addition to the forwards in our squad.”