BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24: Cameron King of the Eels celebrates victory with fans after the round 25 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium on August 24, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The Parramatta Eels have announced the re-signing of hooker Cameron King on a one-year deal until the end of the 2018 season.

King came back into the NRL squad mid-season after Kaysa Pritchard suffered a knee injury in Round 15 against the Dragons, opening up a spot for him in the No.9 jersey.

The 26-year-old joined the Eels in 2016, coming from the North Queensland Cowboys and previously played for the St George Illawarra Dragons.

“Cameron has had a tough run with injuries throughout his career but is a great talent and played an important role in our teams first Finals series since 2009,” CEO Bernie Gurr said.

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“We are very pleased to have secured Cameron’s signature for 2018 and look forward to his continued improvement next season.”

Parramatta Eels 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Kane Evans (Sydney Roosters, 2020), Jarryd Hayne (Gold Coast Titans, 2018), Oregon Kaufusi (2018), Mitchell Moses (Wests Tigers, 2019), Jaeman Salmon (2020), Tony Williams (Cronulla Sharks, 2018)
2018 Losses
Troy Dargan (Brisbane Broncos), Isaac De Gois (retired), Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Jamal Fogarty, James Hasson (released), Frank Pritchard (retired), Semi Radradra (rugby union), Jeff Robson (retired), Kelepi Tanginoa (Manly Sea Eagles), Alex Twal (Wests Tigers)
Nathan Davis (2018), David Gower (2018), Cameron King (2018), Tepai Moeroa (2019), Will Smith (2020)
Off Contract 2018
Dane Aukafolau, Nathan Davis, David Gower, Jarryd Hayne, George Jennings, Jack Morris, Kaysa Pritchard, Ray Stone, Peni Terepo, Siosaia Vave
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  1. Congrates, just reward for a very solid season. He will not strike fear into opposition but great defense, high quality service and towards end of season grew into role and starting to put in some good runs and kicks from dummy half. Good move Parra and well done Cameron

  2. Very happy with this re-signing. He really improved with every game he played and is now looking a first grade dummy half. Never going to set the workd on fire, but he does his job for the team. Congrats on th e new contract Kingy.

  3. FF16 and Eels, that’s not how it goes. It’s something like, SOO next year, Aussie rep side in 2019, captain of the rep side in 2020. Great re-signing, and an even better hooker than DCE.

    But back to the real world, and it’s still a good re-signing. As frustrating as it was during the year to have so many injuries cost some of young guys game time, and/or interrupting players building combos, it did give some more back up young players a crack, like King and Smith, and they showed they’re up to FG, and have created added extra competition for spots next year.

    I’m happy. Let’s keep as much of the team together as we can, create that competition for spots, particularly amongst the young guys, and build a strong (stronger) team.

    • i think King should be in front of Kaysa now, he shows a bit more than Kaysa esp in D.
      He can play 80 mins, doesn’t go for the hero play as often as Kaysa. doesn’t miss too many tackles and can kick from DH.
      Others have ridiculed me in the past for this, but over the back end of the season, Smith made a compelling statement to be in the game day 17 each week. I would even go so far as to say, if we dont pick up a quality winger to replace Semi, then i would be comfortable in having him in the 1 and the king on the wing. Thats not saying that i think that Smith is a better 1 than the king (absolutely not) but more so that the king is a better winger and would give us good strike power from the back 3 and the king can play the same type of game in attack that he did from 1.
      Good problems to have.

      • King is definitely at the front of the line for 9’s at Parra in my opinion too. As you said, Kaysa has a tendency to try too hard and his defence is not up to scratch I think.

        As for Smith, I like him off the bench. As well as he went at 1 toward the back of the year, I don’t want him there permanently. He kills backline moves as he doesn’t have a passing game and he creeps across too much, cramping his centre and winger. I realise that will come with experience, but Gutho and French are already there as better options. I would like to see Gutho come back at 1, French take Semi’s spot and Smith at 14. The only problem I see there is a lack of size in the back 3, first off with Gutho and French being smaller bodies, and a real lack of height for bombs (Auva’a was really found out as a poor high ball catcher too). Smith off the bench is too valuable as he can cover so many positions. The alternative I guess is to move Taka to the bench, Gutho to centre, French to fullback and Smith to wing, although that does make the back 3 even smaller and Gutho is probably wasted at centre.

        • I don’t disagree with you on any of the points and agree personally that Smith is the best great option at 14.
          My thoughts were considered in light of BA liking 4 forwards on the bench and that leaves no room for Smith or any other utility for that matter.

  4. Am glad that King has re-signed, towards the end of the season and finals he showed that he has usurped Kaysa as our number one no 9. Hopefully his injury curse is behind him and he can string a long run together.
    Congrats to BA, he has really turned this guys life around and has him knocking on the door of rep selection and will be the best in his position when the season kicks off πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚πŸ˜

    • I’ve seen some talk and rumours mate, but nothing that actually provides any detail. I do get the impression that he is playing up off the field again though.

      • Yeah – all very hush hush…. Oh well, see how it pays out.

        Good re-signing with King. Reminds me of M Ballin.

        • Good to see you back in time for the “silly season” Colonel Frank!

          Storing up points with the Eels boys for the coming season? Things aren’t looking THAT gloomy for the Sea Eagles surely? πŸ˜‰

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