George Jennings of the Panthers is tackled during the round one NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

The Parramatta Eels have today announced the signing of outside back George Jennings for the 2017 season.

George is the younger brother of Eels centre Michael and joins the Eels from the Penrith Panthers on a one year deal.

Head Coach Brad Arthur said that George will provide strong competition for places in the Eels backline for 2017.

“When given the opportunity George has shown plenty of ability at NRL level so we expect him to push hard for selection in 2017,” Arthur said.

“George will bring speed and strength to our backline next year and we look forward to him joining the squad for preseason training.”

George Jennings joins Nathan Brown and Siosaia Vave as new signings for the Eels in 2017.

Parramatta Eels 2017 Player Movements

2017 Gains
Dane Aukafolau (2018), Kirisome Auva'a (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2018), Nathan Brown (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2021), Troy Dargan (2018), Nathan Davis (Gold Coast Titans, 2018), Jamal Fogarty (2017), Josh Hoffman (Gold Coast Titans, 2019), George Jennings (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Greg Leleisiuao (2019), Suaia Matagi (Penrith Panthers, 2019), Willis Meehan (2017), Mitchell Moses (Wests Tigers, 2019), Marata Niukore (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Frank Pritchard (Hull FC, 2017), Jeff Robson (Mid Season: New Zealand Warriors, 2017), Will Smith (Penrith Panthers, 2020), Ray Stone (2018), Siosaia Vave (Manly Sea Eagles, 2018)
2017 Losses
Mitch Cornish (Sydney Roosters), Kieran Foran (New Zealand Warriors), Tyrell Fuimaono (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Michael Gordon (Sydney Roosters), Luke Kelly (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Ryan Morgan (St Helens RLFC), Kieren Moss (Hull Kingston Rovers), Junior Paulo (Canberra Raiders), Nathan Peats (Gold Coast Titans), Vai Toutai (released), Anthony Watmough (retired), Danny Wicks (retired)
Daniel Alvaro (2019), Isaac De Gois (2017), Kenny Edwards (2019), Bureta Faraimo (2019), Bevan French (2019), Clinton Gutherson (2019), James Hasson (2017), Cameron King (2018), Manu Ma'u (2019), Tim Mannah (2019), Jack Morris (2018), Cody Nelson (2017), Corey Norman (2019), Rory O'Brien (2017), Kaysa Pritchard (2018), Jeff Robson (2017), Scott Schulte (2017), Brad Takairangi (2019), Kelepi Tanginoa (2019), Honeti Tuha (2017), Alex Twal (2020), Matthew Woods (2017)
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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    • Maybe, I haven’t seen him play, but we have a lot of young guys already.

      We recruited quite a number of young guys for this season and they didn’t get a game. Woods, Hasson, Moss, King, Cornish.

  1. I’m not sure if we are gonna resign those guys but, Moss is gone already im pretty sure, but i would like if we resigned King to help with depth in our hookers as i think we need more than just De Gois and Pritchard

    • Moss has left, and none of the others haven’t resigned as yet. What I’m not sure about is, are we throwing out a wide net and taking any young guys that may have some potential, or are we actually targeting young guys that we think we can bring through to FG? Out of the list above, and in a year where we had to let players go, an injury list that was longer than our available list, and yet still none of them made the team.

      Next year we are going (likely) to be running a lot of inexperience in our starting line up as is. French, Gutherson, Pritchard (50 or so games between them), and possibly all in the spine, Alvaro, Terepo, Meroa, Edwards etc. that only have around 50 games experience. I rate all these players, but my point is, do we need to be recruiting more juniors?

      My thoughts are, yes if they look like FG material in the short term, and if they play a position/s we may need cover in, but otherwise no.

      • I like the signing. One of the eels problems for years now has been depth, and part of the reason for this is spending too much on experienced players expected to come in and make an immediate difference. Outside backs have been a real problem in this area, whilst there have been players tried in first grade, most do not succeed and don’t last very long.

        BA seems to be targeting young players who he believes can either strengthen the team now, or push for a spot, pressuring the current squad, which can only be a good thing. None of the signing or re signings yet seem to be paying overs, which has left room in the cap to go after a good hooker or half either this year or next.

    • If that was our back line next year Beleivethis, as per his comment below, probably made his first correct prediction (9th or 10th).

      We have salary cap. capacity, and I’m sure we will be bringing in an experienced player, or maybe even 2, to strengthen our back line for next season.

  2. gotta recall that without loss of points, they would have run about 7th or 8th with a patched up team. A realistic chance to finish in bottom half of the 8 next year without any dramas and some consistency in selections.
    Not pinning too much hope for 2017 but should be there or thereabouts.

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