GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: Danny Wicks of the Eels in action during the round 20 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels at Cbus Super Stadium on July 23, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

It’s with a heavy heart that the Parramatta Eels announce the retirement of prop Danny Wicks, effective immediately.

Wicks, 30, debuted for the Eels in 2015 as player 770 and became a Club favourite, passing the 100 NRL game milestone in Round 18 of 2016 against the Sydney Roosters.

“Danny has been a key part of our group in the last two seasons both on and off the field and it will be disappointing to not have him as part of our team in 2017,” Head Coach Brad Arthur said.

“When he joined the Club, he did so with the simple goal of resuming his career and providing a strong contribution to the Club and his teammates.”

“While the goal was simple, he undertook a lot of hard work and dedication to meet that objective.”

“Both he and the Club can be proud of what he has achieved over the last two years and he will be missed this season and beyond.”

“We wish Danny and his family all the best for their future, and I am sure he knows that he will always have a special relationship with the Club and our supporters.”

Danny said that while it was a difficult decision, he will look back at his time with the Eels as a positive in his life.

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“I have really enjoyed my time at the Eels and I am thankful to Brad and the club for giving me the opportunity to play for the last two seasons,” Wicks said.

“I’m so grateful for the teammates I have played alongside and against, the coaching staff and my family who have been by my side through this entire journey.”

“As a team, we have come a long way since I joined in 2014 and the support I have received from the Eels fans has been overwhelming, however, I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life.”

Danny finishes his NRL career with a total of 104 games, including 35 games wearing Blue and Gold.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Him, Edwards & Norman are my favourite players, Such a shame to see him leave. Wish you all the best in your next chapter Wicksy. Would of been nice to see you win a premiership in the blue and gold.

    2017 line up:

    1. Bevan French
    2. Semi Radradra
    3. Michael Jennings
    4. Kirisome Auva’a
    5. Clint Gutherson
    6. Corey Norman
    7. Jeff Robson
    8. Suaia Matagi
    9. Isaac De Gois
    10. Tim Mannah
    11. Manu Ma’u
    12. Beau Scott
    13. Frank Pritchard
    ——————–
    14. Kenny Edwards
    15. Tepai Moeroa
    16. Nathan Brown
    17. Siosaia Vave
    ————————————-
    18. Peni Terepo
    19. David Gower
    20. Josh Hoffman
    21. Kaysa Pritchard
    22. Rory O’Brien
    23. John Folau
    24. Cody Nelson
    25. Daniel Alvaro

    • French won’t play FB. Hoffman will.
      French will play wing and Gutherson will be 5/8.
      Auva’a will play ressies.
      Robson will play ressies.

      Your forward pack will most likely be:

      Alvaro
      De gois
      Mannah
      Scott
      Ma’u
      Terepo

      Vave, Brown and Matagi, Edwards your bench forwards.

      Hoffman
      French
      Takarangi
      Jennings
      Semi
      Gutherson
      Norman

      Your backline.

      Just my opinion.

      • sorry Batman, BA has declared French at 1, Gutho at 6, leaving Hoffman at 5.
        There will be no Robson unless injury intervenes.
        Hoffman has no passing game and will be a winger – again unless injury intervenese

        • Really…. ok didn’t know that.

          Unfortunately I think he may get found out as a FB. I think he’s a fantastic talent. One of the best in fact. But I fear he will get found out defensively. He got treated like a speed bump a couple of times this year on the wing.
          He’all have to do a lot more work at FB.

          Good luck to him.

        • thebatman

          Sorry Eels fans…

          I had the same assessment of French a few weeks back. I’m also not sure how he will handle the high ball under pressure with defenders closing in from all angles.

          No doubt he will look exciting in attack and eventually might be a good FB, but IMO it is too soon! I would have been interested in seeing how Gutherson would have gone back at FB (where he started with Manly in lower grades, correct?)

        • I have the same reservations about French too. Sure he is a potential star of the future, but I just don’t think he is ready to be fullback yet. I honestly think a spine of Gutherson, Norman, Robson (Fogarty if he is ready) and DeGois is better than French, Gutherson, Norman, DeGois. Gutherson showed this year ha can be a ball player, and he is suited to fullback at the moment until French is ready.

      • Hoffman is a terrible fullback, he’ll most likely be a centre or winger where he’ll excel, especially since Arthur has said French will be fullback. And I’d assume Auva’a will very likely be in first-grade, if not for his talent, then just purely because of his rep as a GF winner.

      • French is confirmed fullback next year, We had 2nd best defence in the comp last year before points were stripped. French will be a candidate for FB of the year if his anything like he was this year.

        BA will get the best out of Kirisome and will bring him back to his 2014 Premiership winning form and he’ll be lethal playing with Gutho on the outside.

        Robson is a structured halfback that’ll compliment Norman to do his thing and thats what we need!

        Pritchard Signed with us so he’ll be our lock with Scott and Ma’u playing 2nd row.

        As for Alvaro he is nothing compared to Matagi, Mannah, Brown, Vave and having 4 props is the max you go for a team. Alvaro is much lower in our pecking order behind them^ Terepo and maybe even O’Brien.

        Hoffman is a dud signing that we didn’t need hopefully he can be in the NSW Cup team of the year somewhere

    • Like it. Personally tho I’d have Brown starting coz he just goes do hard from the get go, have Edwards at 13 and have Matagi and Pritchard coming off the bench.

    • No offence but you’d be crazy to not have Hoffman in the starting team! The guy was electric in the centres this year for the Titans, only problem is his consistency!

      • Hoffman over Jennings? Nope, Hoffman over Auva’a Nope, Even though I’m gonna find it hard to support Auva’a for what his done, him as starting centre will be best for the team. And every game i’ve watched of Hoffman over the last 3-4 years his been a dud

        • hoffman is a proven NRL player, not the best but solid and reasonably reliable. I dont rate Hoffman too highly but he is a better option to start the season than untried talent with potential.
          Jennings has played a couple of games and has proven nothing, he was signed for depth only.
          Auvua has also only been signed for depth – he wont get a spot in front of Taka or Hoffman.
          If those guys perform for Wenty and Hoffman (or any others for that matter) dont perform or get injured, then they may get a go.
          Hoffman has signed for 3 yrs, how long have the others signed for? I believe its 1, 2 at best. Does that tell you something?
          BA has shown he is loyal and those guys who perfromed for him last year will get first crack – its up to the to lose their spot IMHO.

  2. Congratulations on the past two years Wicksy!
    Good luck with retirement and spending more time with your gorgeous wife (I’d be retiring too!).
    See you at the Pacific!

  3. 1 French
    2 semi
    3 Jennings
    4 takarangi
    5 Hoffman
    6 Gutherson
    7 Norman
    8 Mannah
    9 De gois
    10 brown
    11 Scott
    12 mau
    13 moeroa

    14 vave
    15 F Pritchard
    16 Gower
    17 Edward

    18 K Prichard
    19 Alvaro
    20 avua’a
    21 Robson
    22 terepo
    23 will smith
    24 matagi

    Good depth in backs and in the forwards, that’s where we have struggled over the past years I think 2017 is something that will develop our 2018 season into a potential premiership winning team with Ben hunt hopefully signing completing our team

    • I think you’ll pretty close, based on the players as it stands today (I still think we’ll lose Semi and gain a half or FB, goal kicker), but I wouldn’t have Gower in the 17, I’m just not sure who I’d replace him with.

      This year has shown an extraordinary flexibility within our team (Gutherson, Taka’s, even Edwards have played throughout the various positions in the backs) and Hoffman adds even more to that, so I don’t think we need a utility on the bench (unless we have a genuine concern re a particular player returning from injury etc), so we could add Matagi or K. Pritchard instead. Matagi for extra muscle, Pritchard for his development.

      But, and it’s very early, so it may become clearer as we progress towards the 2017 season, but I’m scratching my head a bit at the moment. We have a long list of quality players, a list so long long that we have to leave out good quality players from the 17, and some we have only just signed, why? I’m all for depth, and we needed it this year, but you could drown in our “depth” re most positions, yet we have an inexperienced spine.

      I back BA big time, and I’ll really miss Danny (sticking to the article) but I’m confused. If it’s for 2018, great, but in the modern game you lose players you build up unless you can match coin / opportunities anyway

      • With the signings that Parra have made, I’m starting to think Taka will be unlucky and moved to bench. He can cover all forward positions except prop and can play all back positions except half and fullback

  4. 1. Bevan French
    2. Semi Radradra
    3. Michael Jennings
    4. Brad Takairangi
    5. Josh Hoffman
    6. Clint Gutherson
    7. Corey Norman
    8. Nathan Brown
    9. Isaac De Gois
    10. Tim Mannah
    11. Manu Ma’u
    12. Tepai Moeroa
    13. Beau Scott

    14. Magtai
    15. Frank Pritchard
    16. Ken Edwards
    17. Siosaia Vave

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