With the 2018 season drawing nearer, we will begin to look at how each team is shaping up for the season ahead.

Today we dissect 2017’s big improvers; The Parramatta Eels – and what their best 17 looks like.

Eels 2023 Player Movements

2023 Gains
Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, 2024), J'maine Hopgood (Penrith Panthers, 2024), Jirah Momoisea (Newcastle Knights, 2024)
2023 Losses
Oregon Kaufusi (Cronulla Sharks), Reed Mahoney (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Marata Niukore (New Zealand Warriors), Isaiah Papali'i (Wests Tigers), Ray Stone (The Dolphins)
Jakob Arthur (2023), Dylan Brown (2023), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (2025), Haze Dunster (2025), Wiremu Greig (2023), Clinton Gutherson (2025), Makahesi Makatoa (2024), Ryan Matterson (2026), Junior Paulo (2026), Mitch Rein (2023), Ky Rodwell (2024), Sean Russell (2023), Maika Sivo (2023)
Off Contract 2022
Samuel Loizou, Solomone Naiduki, Tom Opacic, Hayze Perham

2018 Predicted Lineup

  1. Clinton Gutherson
  2. Bevan French
  3. Michael Jennings
  4. Brad Takairangi
  5. Josh Hoffman
  6. Mitchell Moses
  7. Corey Norman
  8. Nathan Brown
  9. Kaysa Pritchard
  10. Tim Mannah ©
  11. Manu Ma’u
  12. Tepai Moeroa
  13. Beau Scott
  14. Cameron King
  15. Kane Evans
  16. Daniel Alvaro
  17. Kenny Edwards

Coach: Brad Arthur

The Big Question: Will Jarryd Hayne cause dissension amongst the Parramatta ranks, much as he did on the Gold Coast?

Predicted Finish: 5th

Authors Note: Depth aplenty in season 2018, as was the case for the Eels last season. The question to be asked is, will they find the right balance? Is ‘key’ signing Jarryd Hayne even good enough to be a walk up start in the centres or on the wing? – considering you’d have to be a blind man to replace Clinton Gutherson as the fullback after his stellar season in the number one jersey last year – I think not.

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