Parramatta Eels

Eels admit their heads weren't in the game

Looking to become the first Parramatta team to win their first three games of the season in almost 25 years, the Eels shot out of the blocks to lead by 12 points after just 17 minutes yet could only add a solitary penalty goal to their score over the next 63 minutes of the game.

St George Illawarra Dragons v Parramatta Eels

Two of the more impressive winners from Round 1 face off in Wollongong to close Round 2 as each looks to consolidate a bright start to the year after 2016 campaigns each are keen to leave behind.

Arthur tips Eels improvement after tough win

An opening round 20-12 win over Manly at their home ground is a pretty good way to start a season for any NRL club but if you've been paying any attention to Arthur in his time at the club you won't be surprised that he isn't exactly getting carried away just yet.

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Moeroa and Eels look ahead to right wrongs

"You can't change it now, so just worry about what you can do in 2017," was the simple mantra from Arthur to his players.

The club will look to get off to a bright start when the first football of the year is played in Auckland at the Downer NRL Auckland Nines.

Among the more serious penalties imposed on the club for major salary cap breaches wrought by a since-dismissed administration was the stripping of the 2016 Auckland Nines trophy – the club's first serious silverware since the 1986 premiership.

Brett Kimmorley joins Parramatta Eels

Kimmorley, who has coached with Canterbury, Canberra, Wests Tigers and took the head coach gig at Western Suburbs in the Illawarra Coal League last year, will work with Corey Norman and Clint Gutherson for their 2017 campaign.

Fairfax Media reports Kimmorley has been brought in to assist the incumbent playmakers while Troy Dargan and Michael Doolan may also get a shot in first grade.

Kimmorley won a premiership with the Melbourne Storm and represented Australia and New South Wales in his playing career.

 

Parramatta Eels snare Suaia Matagi on two-year deal

As revealed on Sporting News last Saturday, the former Samoan and New Zealand has inked a two-year deal after talks with Manly broke down.

“Suaia’s journey to the NRL is a testament of hard work and dedication and I am delighted that we have been able to secure him for the next two years,” coach Brad Arthur said.

“He played 23 games last year and showed the ability to mix it with the very best in the competition so I am sure our fans are pleased that he will be part of the team in 2017.

Souths sign former Eels half after injury blow

Tracey recently signed a two-year deal but will undergo a knee reconstruction for the third time in three years.

According to Fox Sports, the injury allowed Souths to lock in a new halfback.

Kelly only played one game for the Eels in 2016, due to his own knee reconstruction, and was not re-signed at the end of the season.

 

 

Eels Star Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

The 25-year-old, who had been charged with possessing a prohibited drug and possessing a prescribed restricted substance, made a brief appearance at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday.

His defence barrister Murugan Thangaraj has asked the court not to record a conviction however the matters were marked on Norman's record.

Norman was charged after being caught with MDMA capsules at The Star casino on a Friday night in late May.

Semi Radradra staying at Parramatta Eels

Radradra had been given permission by the club to fly to Fiji for a short family visit during the bye round, with media reports claiming the player had told the club he would not be coming back.

But in a club statement, the Eels say Radradra will be returning to prepare for the team's next game against the Sharks, with the star back remaining with Parramatta through to 2017.