Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has declared that Will Smith is the favourite to secure the No.14 jersey for the Eels in 2018.

The versatile 25-year old is set to be the Eel’s golden utility, capable of playing in any position of their spine.

Smith burst onto the scene in 2017 for the Blue & Golds after multiple injuries plagued Parramatta’s back-line.

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Appearing on fifteen occasions this year, Smith almost led the Eels to their maiden preliminary final this decade.

Planning ahead of the new year, Arthur is determined to try and find a place for Smith in his 17.

“Will was outstanding for us last year,” Arthur told NRL.com.

“He’s always leading the way at training and showed just how versatile he can be.

“I’m comfortable with him as a starting player but he’s also a genuine option for us as our utility on the bench.

“We’ll get to have a good look at him over the next couple of months but he is doing all the right things.”

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