A frustrated Clint Gutherson says he's been hurt at being labelled greedy over ongoing speculation around his future at Parramatta beyond the 2019 Telstra Premiership season.
Gutherson's long-term future has been dragged through the headlines over the past month, intensifying with every reported contract movement made by the 24-year-old off the paddock.
Gutherson refuted a Channel Nine report on Wednesday claiming the Eels skipper was due to meet Des Hasler to discuss the prospect of linking with Manly from 2020.
"I am very sick of it," Gutherson said on Thursday.
"It's never nice to be in the headlines, being seen as greedy hurts and hurts everyone close to it. Every fan takes it a different way, my family takes it a different way and everyone close to me take it a different way.
"It's a very serious time of my life, it sets up the rest of my life and I've got to take a look at it every way I can and do what's best for me and my family.
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"It takes time and is a big part of my life. It's my career and I've got to take it seriously."
Gutherson conceded he was initially upset by the Eels' first offer after giving him and his manager Sam Ayoub an indication he was a priority re-signing at the club.
The Cromer junior dismissed talk he planned to meet with Hasler as a way of bumping up the Eels' latest offer.
"To be brutally honest yes it did hurt but to go out about it that way might have put me on the wrong path," Gutherson said.
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"But it's part of the job and you've got to run with it. I haven't met with Des, I saw that on the news.
"I haven't spoken to Sam since after the game on Sunday. I want it done just as much as everyone here."
The uncertain future of Eels coach Brad Arthur seemed to irk Gutherson the most when openly talking to the media at a session on Thursday.
He indicated the growing speculation on his own deal couldn't drag on into the second half of the season.
"I don't know, they stated earlier in the season they were going to wait until the end of the year but I don't want this to hang around until then," Gutherson said of Arthur's deal.
"He's a massive part, I've stated he's the reason I come here. I love Brad, his family and what he's about in life and footy. It's a big part but has nothing to do with me, it's up to the club.
"The sooner that gets sorted maybe it can help."
Parramatta will be looking to bounce back from their upset loss in Newcastle last weekend when they host St George Illawarra at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday.