AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 02: Josh Hoffman of the Titans makes a break on hhis way to score a try during the round 17 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on July 2, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The Parramatta Eels have today announced the signing of Josh Hoffman on a three-year deal.

Hoffman joins the Eels after stints at the Brisbane Broncos and most recently the Gold Coast Titans. He has played 158 NRL games and achieved representative honours in 2012 and 2013 with New Zealand.

Head Coach Brad Arthur said that the signing of Josh Hoffman would bring skill and versatility to the Eels backline from 2017.

“Josh brings tremendous NRL experience and can play anywhere from 1 to 6 which ensures our squad will have strong competition across multiple positions,” Arthur said.

“He has been a strong and consistent performer for the Titans over the past couple of years and he will provide a strong contribution to the club from 2017 and beyond.”

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

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This announcement also follows the re-signings of Corey Norman, Danny Wicks, Kenny Edwards, Isaac De Gois, Brad Takairangi and Manu Ma’u.

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)
Re-Signed
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, Kirisome Auva'a, Nathan Davis, David Gower, Jarryd Hayne, George Jennings, Cameron King, Reed Mahoney, Jack Morris, Kaysa Pritchard, Ray Stone, Peni Terepo, Siosaia Vave, Tony Williams
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51 COMMENTS

  1. Eels 2017 side

    1: B French
    2: S Radradra
    3: J Hoffman
    4: M Jennings
    5: C Gutherson
    6: C Norman
    7: J Fogarty
    8: T Mannah (c)
    9: I Degois
    10: D Wicks
    11: M Mau
    12: B Takairangi
    13: B Scott (c)

    14: T Moeroa
    15: S Vave
    16: N Brown
    17: K Edwards

    Back ups
    K Pritchard, D Alvaro, P Terepo, G Jennings, J Folou, M Cornish,

    They have a good side for next year still think there lacking a really good 7, 9 but.. Good back line and some nice forwards top 8 next year.

    • I think you will end up losing Semi to the Broncos and pick up Ben Hunt – probably a much better swap.

      1. Gutherson
      2. Fench
      3. Hoffman
      4. M Jennings
      5. G Jennings
      6. Norman
      7. Hunt
      8. Mannah
      9. Fogarty
      10. Wicks
      11. Mau
      12. Edwards
      13. Scott

      14. Pritchard
      15. Brown
      16. Moeroa
      17. Alvaro

      Taka may need to move on

      • Semi would be a huge lose due to the fact he gets Parra sets going forward really well or he wins a high % of penalties from players trying to slow his play the ball. His defence and general play has improved a lot in the past year. I actually think he would make a potent centre

        • I like your thinking, his passing game has improved dramatically. This would also allow Taka to move into the backrow, or a utility role off the bench (see my comments below).

        • FootyFan2016

          I agree with what you have said except that Jennings and Semi do not work together. Takairangi is the perfect centre partner for Semi IMO. He is big and always draws two defenders with the view to creating an overlap for Semi. He seems so focused on always creating opportunities for Semi while Jennings only looks to create opportunities for himself. More often, rather than looking for his outside support Jennings will look to cut back and go it alone. Jennings might be good with another fast winger (like French) to back him up and follow him but Semi needs good early ball and room to move.

          If Semi moves on then Takairangi would be of more use in the backrow and Hoffman (who I think is an average player at best) can have his chance in the centre). At the very least Hoffman is a signing that will increase depth for the Eels but nothing more.

          Also, IMO French is not ready yet to move to FB full time, despite looking impressive at the end of this season. Gutherson’s natural/preferred position is meant to be FB which he never got the chance to play at Manly due to injury and the fact he was behind Stewart. If the Eels give Gutherson at least the same opportunity they gave Gordon (whose days as a FB were behind him long before joining the Eels) then I think he will make the most of it.

        • I agree with pretty much all of that. Here is my round 1 team:

          Gutherson
          French
          Jennings
          Hoffman
          Radradra
          Norman
          Cornish/Robson/Fogerty
          Wicks
          DeGois
          Alvaro
          Ma’u
          Moeroa
          Scott

          Taka
          Brown
          Vave
          Edwards

          I think Mannah is done, he offers nothing and Wicks and Alvaro do the same job but do it better. Not sure hwo to put at half yet, Cornish and Robson aren’t resigned and am not sure if Fogarty is ready yet. Hard to leave Pritchard out, but not sure if he is an 80 minute player, and Taka takes the utility role on the bench. Also Hoffman and Radradra can swap when needed. I also liked Terepo this year, just couldn’t fit him in.

        • eels47

          1 – 6 looks good. Probably best to move Taka into the backrow (as he was never a natural centre but made it work when assisting Semi). Hoffman should be able to create opportunities for Semi (if Semi stays).

          The trick with young players like Cornish and Fogarty is to work them in to the team and not drop them in the deep end too soon. That said, although Norman has had the best year this year of his career so far (on field), I am not totally convinced he is the best option. If there are two good young players coming through then he could be a good temporary alternative. Norman can cover so many positions so it is a real plus for the Eels to have someone that can fill in where needed, but long term? He needs to develop a kicking game and attack the line more than just drifting across field looking for a support.

          Mannah has been a great leader and tireless worker for the Eels but (just like Dave Tyrrell and Jason Clark for Souths) effort and commitment alone are not enough to hold down a place in first grade.

          Vave needs to drop the Kgs (but just like Kasiano) he will be a better player for it if he does. I did not rate him until his efforts this year with Manly. Along with Lussick (surprisingly) Vave was one of Manly’s best and most consistent forwards this year. If he can drop the weight and increase the effort he should be a starting front rower along with Brown and use Wicks as an impact player.

          Alvaro still needs work, although he is developing and Moeroa is too plagued by injury and inconsistent form in my opinion. Defensively he drifts in and out of games and often at a time when the opposition take advantage of this laps. He should be contributing far more, he has the physical and athletic capability but seems incapable of making a sustained contribution.

          Maybe the Eels should have tried to pickup (bring home) Tony Williams? Robson still has a role to play but whether that is in the halves or at hooker I don’t know. The sooner the Eels can bring in a younger halves pairing the better IMO. Just think of Cleary, Taylor and Moses.

        • I don’t mind starting with Vave or Brown, but not both. Wicks ad Alvaro are both workers, so don’t offer much from the bench, at least one of the two needs to start. Vave and Brown will offer more in that regard. Parra have had problems for years with too many workers in the team, especially coming from the bench. A bench of Taka, Edwards, Vave/Brown, and Alvaro/Wicks looks strong.

      • Taka wont be going anywhere – he just signed an extension and BA has said he is one, along with Ma’u, Norman, Edwards that he has built the team around.

        • I’m a big Taka fan, he was a great utility for the Titans and I think one of the highlights for the eels this year. Not only do I think he is underrated by most people I think he is a potential leader for the eels going forward.

      • If Bennett trades a quality half for a winger without a crazy good back up sitting in reserve grade he’s truly gone marbles.

        • sunnybill

          The Broncos junior nursery must be overflowing with talented young halves. After all they could afford to throw Ash Taylor away and he looks set to be one of the best halves in the game and a future rep player so Bennett must know what he is doing, right? Then again, someone slipped him a warm milk at half time and he fell asleep and forgot to use all his interchanges and left Parker to play a full game totally knackered so anything is possible! 😉

          Sorry Broncos fans, couldn’t resist that one.

    • Swap Gutherson and French and your side is gold. French needs to bide his time on the wing a little more. He should go the way RTS did instead of him playing in the deep end right away. Maybe swap Takairangi and Moeroa around too. This side barring injuries and drama should make the top 8 no issue, especially if they can score lots of points which looks likely judging from their backline and keep defending well. Cornish probably deserves a go at halfback too I think.

      • Kaysa Pritchard deserves another chance over De Gois too. If Pritchard can play 80 minutes every week he should be alright. He can spark the side much better than De Gois can.

        • +1

          “Kaysa Pritchard deserves another chance over De Gois too.”

          Personally I think Robson could do a Peter Wallace for the Eels but other Eels fans here disagree. THat being the case you have Pritchard (all attack and no defence) vs De Gois (all defence and no attack).

          I admire De Gois’ guts defending like he does in the middle week after week but he is not cut out to be a first grade hooker IMO. Much better to give Pritchard an opportunity early and see if he can make the most of it. At least the Eels will be a lot harder to contain rolling forward.

        • Very true mate. An off season of defensive training wouldn’t hurt Pritchard either. If he can fix his defence he will be good to go. Robson could possibly pull a Wallace but Wallace is far more creative and he is a little younger too.

        • canterburybankstownbulldog4ver

          “Wallace is far more creative”

          I can’t speak highly enough of the admiration I have for what Peter Wallace achieved at the Panthers this year. As the team’s leading half and an established senior player, he could have spat the dummy and looked for another club when moved to hooker. Instead he rolled his sleeves up and re-invented himself and showed just how valuable and dangerous a genuine play maker with a kicking game can be from dummy half. He was one of the major reasons behind why the Panthers did so well this year IMO. Taking nothing away from Griffin who deserves full credit for his role and also acknowledging the embarrassment of natural talent now bursting out in every direction from the Panthers, it is easy to see why they will be a real threat next year.

          I can’t wait to see Te Maire Martin and Nathan Cleary develop a combination together (although I can only hope they have an off day against Souths!) 😉

      • +1

        “French needs to bide his time on the wing a little more.”

        Totally agree. Just remember what happened to Latrell Mitchell being pushed into FB before he was ready. Latrell should play in the centres and French on the wing for now IMO.

    • Semi – Fogarty will NOT be starting at 5/8, its Gutherson’s to lose. Also there is no way Taka will be behind Hoffman in the pecking order. Taka will be one centre, Jenko the other. Hoffman will play wing to Taka (personally would prefer semi next to Taka).
      BA has categorically stated that 1st choice FB will be French and 1st choice 5/8 will be Gutho.

  2. Fogarty straight in the deep end??? I think Robson will start as half. he re-signed, didn’t he????
    takas in the back row??? nahhhhh

    • Taka is a backrower. He started as a centre for Parra as there was no one else. He has been a good centre and probably the most consistent player over the past couple of seasons, however he is a bit slow, especially laterally in defence. I like the idea of him playing 3 in as a wide running back rower, he would be great with Jennings and Semi. My preferred option is actually on the bench, not because he isn’t good enough to start, but because he could come on 20-25 minutes in and potentially wreak havoc. Parra lack a ball playing back rower, Taka is just that.

      • eels47

        “Taka is a backrower.”

        Totally agree except Taka has been the perfect centre partner for Semi in the past. See my comments to FootyFan2016 (above). Jennings and Semi together just don’t work because Jennings doesn’t give Semi the ball and tries to make the most of all opportunities for himself IMO. Put Jennings with French (speed to burn to back up and exploit line breaks by Jennings) and Semi paired with a good defensive centre who can create plenty of opportunities for him out wide.

        • I get what you are saying, but Semi does not need Taka anymore. As Footyfan2016 stated above, he is a much more complete player now, and is able to create for himself as well as for others. Transition him to centre and put Taka where he belongs. I realize I mentioned Jennings and Semi together, but that is not my preferred option, just what I think BA will stick with.

      • eeels47 – did you watch the game against Canberra when taka was missing? I know toutai was there but taka plays and the eels win.

        Taka’s defence is first rate, his attack is unselfish and creative, in my mind he eels number one centre atm. He is deceptively quick, can kick, pass and strangles the opposition in defence.

        • billy/eels47

          “Taka’s defence is first rate, his attack is unselfish and creative”

          That is exactly what I was getting at. His defence takes a lot of pressure off Semi. His attack is never for himself but to setup Semi instead. Some here think supercoach is a poor indicator of form (and I can understand the sense of that) but I disagree. If you compare Semi’s supercoach scores last year when partnered with Taka compared to this year when partnered with Jennings… they have plummeted this year! He simply was not getting the ball and when he did it was too late. Half the time Jennings would dummy to Semi and run himself or cut back in field.

          Jennings is a talented player but IMO he is the opposite of unselfish. I remember him bombing so certain tries when playing for the Roosters against Souths simply because he would not pass the ball to his winger unmarked outside him. If he did pass it was when the defence was already on him and he panicked and threw the pass forward or behind his support. Remember SOO reaching out for that game winning try when he saw nothing but blue jumpers closing in. Sorry, but that is selfish.

        • You are getting too hung up on the Jennings thing. You are right, his first option is always to create something for himself which definitely had an impact on Semi this year. But I think you will find that most Eels fans on here, if not all, would prefer that Semi doesn’t play outside Jennings anyway, that is just what BA has decided on.

          Billy – I agree that Taka has been great for Parra in the centres, but that doesn’t mean he is a great centre. He is just a little bit too slow in defence to mark up on speedsters and I think is better off playing three in rather than two. All of his attacking skills can still be used as a wide running backrower, and as I mentioned, he is the type of backrower that the eels are missing.

        • I am not convinced one way or the other on Semi staying or going. He does have a contract for 2017 and I wouldn’t hesitate to guess that an upgrade or extension is currently being negotiated but whether Semi takes it or not no-one (least of all Semi) would know. I would hope that the club doesn’t bend over for him and let him walk if uncle wayne signs him….big if’s all round on him.
          For goal kickers, Gutherson is a good option. His kicking form all reports at junior levels was at 80% or higher so he may be no 1 kicker.
          I for one wouldn’t want Hoffman at 1 or 6 – he is not a ball player, he is a finisher and wing/centre is where he should be imho.
          The number on the back of the forwards doesn’t mean much, but in my view, Ma’ and Moeroa should be the edge forwards and are 80 min players. I prefer Edwards off the bench, he is quick between the ears (only football wise) and can take advantage of tiring. Once Scott retires, Edwards will be the man.
          Ma’u is my favourite at the moment, but Kenny gets me jumping out of my seat when he comes on, theres always something happening around him.

  3. 1. gutherson
    2. french
    3. jennings
    4. taka
    5. G jennings
    6. norman
    7. fogarty
    8. wicks
    9. de goise/ robson
    10. mannah
    11. ma’u
    12. edwards
    13. scott (c)

    14. hoffman
    15. meroa
    16. brown
    17. vave

    i like this side robson going from half to hooker can give us more in attack then de goise but not much just adds a kicking game out of hooker and is a solid defender. Hoffman off the bench can give us depth at 6,7,1,2,3,4,5 and maybe 9 if we need.

  4. 2017 premiership side:

    1. Josh Hoffman
    2. Semi Radradra
    3. Michael Jennings
    4. Clint Gutherson
    5. Bevan French
    6. Corey Norman
    7. Mitch Cornish
    8. Danny Wicks
    9. Isaac De Gois
    10. Tim Mannah
    11. Manu Ma’u
    12. Beau Scott
    13. Tepai Moeroa
    —————-
    14. Brad Takairangi
    15. Nathan Brown
    16. Siosau Vave
    17. Kenny Edwards
    —————————–
    18. Peni Terepo
    19. Rory O’Brien
    20. John Folau
    21. George Jennings
    22. Jamal Forgaty

  5. cheats already cheating the cap talk between cheats and nrl auditors today as eels told nrl they will be releasing a number of current players to remain under but as for now they are way over …believe that

    • Ahhh the irony. Believe this calling Parra cheats (which they did) yet is more than happy to be proud of and support a team who are a bunch of drug cheats. Worst case of drug cheating in rugby league history and got of way to lightly. If this moron who seems to think he has a job in the NRL could learn to read, he would see that Parra have 14 players off contract and the majority of them won’t be re signed. Believe this is the perfect example of why inbreeding is a crime against nature.

      • titansforthewin

        “If this moron… Believe this is the perfect example of why inbreeding is a crime against nature.”

        Hey titansforthewin any complaints about the above? Not even for the sake of consistency? No? Any complaints believethis?

        Thought not!

        • danielle

          No one called the justice league go back to your Reader’s Digest forum unless you are finally willing to post on relevant issues pertaining to RL. Btw, I was making a point. I was singled out for something inconsequential (much like anything you have ever posted here) while others are given free reign and yet are not picked up.

          As things stand, from this point, leave me alone and I will leave you alone. Same goes for your other buddies in the Justice League.

        • Simply made a comment as to why YOU, yet again, “singled out” someone who hadn’t even posted on this thread.

          Not the first time u’ve done that, eh?

        • danielle

          “Simply made a comment as to why YOU, yet again, “singled out” someone who hadn’t even posted on this thread.”

          If THAT is all it takes to put you back in your box, then deal. In return you and your “buddies” should be consistent or silent with your feigned moral indignation. I’m tired of being singled out by others for minor “perceived” offences while there are FAR worse examples of bullying, name calling and trolling on this site. It is especially hard to take from people who never make a worthwhile, relevant, informed or constructive contribution.

  6. 1. French
    2. Semi
    3. Jennnings
    4. Taka
    5. Hoffman
    6. Gutherson
    7. Norman
    8. Wicks
    9. IDG
    10. Mannah
    11. Ma’u
    12. Moreoa
    13. Scott

    14. Edwards
    15. Vave/Brown
    16. Alvaro
    17. Pritchard

    Barring injury, I put money on it that this is the team BA will select for round 1 2017.

    • I’d agree with you IF Semi stays, but I think signing Hoffman means Semi is going, or at the very least we are extremely concerned about his pending charges.

      I’ve been expecting us to sign an experienced back half player, and based on our current squad, only 1, but that player would have to be an experienced goal kicker. Hoffman is not a goal kicker, so we have a signing still to come, and therefore someone is leaving. That someone is almost certainly Semi.

      I agree with your selection of the forwards, but I’m inclined to have Scott at 12, and give Edwards a run at 13 (young, strong, prop like Lock) and Moeroa off the bench.

      • I am not convinced one way or the other on Semi staying or going. He does have a contract for 2017 and I wouldn’t hesitate to guess that an upgrade or extension is currently being negotiated but whether Semi takes it or not no-one (least of all Semi) would know. I would hope that the club doesn’t bend over for him and let him walk if uncle wayne signs him….big if’s all round on him.
        For goal kickers, Gutherson is a good option. His kicking form all reports at junior levels was at 80% or higher so he may be no 1 kicker.
        I for one wouldn’t want Hoffman at 1 or 6 – he is not a ball player, he is a finisher and wing/centre is where he should be imho.
        The number on the back of the forwards doesn’t mean much, but in my view, Ma’ and Moeroa should be the edge forwards and are 80 min players. I prefer Edwards off the bench, he is quick between the ears (only football wise) and can take advantage of tiring. Once Scott retires, Edwards will be the man.
        Ma’u is my favourite at the moment, but Kenny gets me jumping out of my seat when he comes on, theres always something happening around him

  7. 2017
    1. B. French
    2. J. Hoffman
    3. M. Jennings
    4. B. Takairangi
    5. C. Gutherson
    6. C. Norman
    7. B. Hunt
    8. D. Wicks
    9. De Gois but sign (Segeyaro, Garvey or Brailey)
    10. N. Brown
    11. M. Ma’u
    12. T. Moeroa
    13. B. Scott
    ————————————————
    14. K. Pritchard
    15. P. Terepo
    16. K. Edwards
    17. S. Vave

    Reserves
    Jennings Ctw’s
    Fogarty halves
    Twal & Alvaro in forwards
    Gower, In second row
    Hopefully de Gois in hooker
    Mannah & O’Brien also in forwards.
    Bring Nathan Davis & Jarrad Kennedy over as depth. Also develop Troy Dargan and that’s a top 8 and potentially winning nsw cup team aswell.

    • I think you’ve hit the nail on the head re 1-7, and if you’re right we won’t have the salary cap. for an experienced Hooker, but Brown over Mannah, we can’t do that.

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