Parramatta Eels 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis
The Eels will be playing for Brad Arthur’s job after a disappointing 2018 campaign.
Finished in 2018: 16th (6 wins, 18 losses)
Key ins: Junior Paulo (Raiders), Blake Ferguson (Roosters), Shaun Lane (Sea Eagles)
Key outs: Suaia Matagi (Huddersfield), Corey Norman (Dragons), Cameron King (Featherstone, Beau Scott & Kirisome Auva’a (Retired), Nathan David, Siosaia Vave, Tony Williams & Jarryd Hayne (Released), Kenny Edwards
Coach: Brad Arthur
Captain(s): Tim Mannah
Summary: The Eels are hoping that a clean out of some of the larger personalities in their locker room will help kick-start an era of success. A Wooden Spoon in 2018 has sure put Brad Arthur on the hot seat and results are needed right away. Jarryd Hayne proved to be a colossal disappointment in his second stint with the club and Corey Norman just couldn’t find consistency in Brad Arthur’s side. Both personalities are gone and Mitchell Moses has been given the reigns. Unfortunately, inexperience in the five-eighth and hooker positions will prove to be too difficult to overcome for this already limited squad. The Eels need to find their 2017 form, which saw them finish Top 4. Disciplined error-free football is the key for the Blue and Gold to go far.
Key stat: The Eels ranked #16 in points in 2018
Round 1: Panthers v Eels
Sunday, 17 March, 4:00 PM – Panthers Stadium
|Penrith Panthers – $1.50*|
Parramatta Eels – $2.85*
Best Dally M Chance: Mitchell Moses
Prediction: Eels to finish with the least wins (Wooden Spoon) ($5.00* with Sportsbet)
*Prices correct at time of publishing