during the round eight NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Parramatta fullback Clint Gutherson will be named at fullback for the Eels against the Raiders on Saturday, for his first NRL appearance since July.

The 23-year-old tore his anterior cruciate ligament against in July last year against the Wests Tigers, and coach Brad Arthur confirmed to NRL.com he will be named in the side on Tuesday.

“He’s a real good chance. Obviously we’re naming the team tomorrow (Tuesday) but we’re thinking we’ll be naming him at fullback,” Arthur told NRL.com.

“He’s one of our best athletes and most professional at the club.

“So we didn’t want to take any chances and we wanted to make sure it was more about Clint, or Gutho, as a person and as a long-term [player] for our club.”

Gutherson has been waiting patiently in the wings over the past fortnight as he was fit to play, although Arthur resisted the urge to play him.

“It would have been nice to rush him back a couple of weeks ago but we wanted to do everything by the book and make sure everyone was comfortable and his head space was right to play,” Arthur said.

“That’s the final piece of it now – is making sure.

“He called me ‘a cat’ last week because I wouldn’t name him in the team. So he’s been riding me a bit.

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“But I just needed to make sure he’s a 100% confident of getting the job done; that he’s ready to go.

“There’s a bit of process with it. It’s his second one so we don’t want to rush him.

“When he returns it needs to be on his terms. Like I said he’s been pushing it but I don’t know how genuine he’s been in making sure he’s 100 percent confident.”

Bevan French and Kane Evans will also both return from injury ahead of their clash with Canberra this weekend.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Hope they aren’t rushing him back to early.
    Our season is already over so why risk him.
    This was his 2nd ACL so I would keep him out until mid season or until next year.

    • Why does he want out? He can come back to manly we need a good winger uate the dog kills us every single game now guys pure garbage

  2. Love how manly supporters know what Parra players want.
    He is staying. Manly didn’t want him and he has said he will never go back there.

    • Mate of course we wanted him we knew he was a gun but we had snake matai and Lyon there was no room for him and he wanted to be more than a winger. He was my favorite player last year guy just gets the game can play every backline position and kicks hes a machine hope he gets back to his standards

      • Fiftyfour, its obvious you wanted him, because you re-signed in April 2015, after he did his ACL, to the end of 2017.
        You released him in Sept 2015, after a bit of shopping him around. I wonder why?
        It couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with signing DCE, on the biggest ever deal, in June 2015 could it? Nah, surely not.

  3. He is like a supercharged Peachy.
    Plays like all hell, but what is his position.
    I hope he stays healthy.

  4. 1: B French
    2: G Jennings
    3: M Jennings
    4: K Avau’a
    5: C Gutherson
    6: C Norman ( C )
    7: M Moses
    8: S Matagi
    9: K Pritchard
    10: D Alvaro
    11: M Mau
    12: T Moeroa
    13: N Brown

    14: K Edwards
    15: T Williams
    16: S Vave
    17: K Evans
    18th P Terepo

    Mannah, scott, Hoffman, smith are gone

    We need a big side to match it with the raiders I’d bring back gutho on to wing to get some match fitness

    • Evans has been absolute garbage in the games he has played. Leave Smith on the bench as Kaysa is not an 80 minute player and is likely to get injured.

      French and Gutho can switch like last year, French is a winger and definitely the most dangerous there, but I get the idea of easing Gutho back in.

    • gutho has to be at FB, whilst the load of a FB can be high, there can also be less pressure on his body at times if managed. For example, he can cover the kick returns but doesn’t necessarily have to take the first hitup.
      I don’t see or understand the call for Vave to be in the final 17 – the games I have watched him play in Wenty hasn’t shown to me that he should be considered, he is overweight, slow and has no impact, bit like Evans. There is also talk he has been disinterested and not putting in on the training paddock and has fallen out favour with BA as a result.
      Hoffman is not 1st grade material either and shouldn’t be considered unless injuries strike, which I would suggest that Davis should get a start over him, there is a bit more upside and potential to Davis than there is in Hoff. He was average at the broncos, average at the titans and now average at Eels.
      I would agree with having Smith on the bench, particularly with our injury fraught trio of Gutho, Bev and Kritchard. Also Kritchard fatigues too easy atm and ends up dishing out very poor service from dummy half as the game goes on.
      Maybe Stromquist, and Niukore from Wenty should be next in the queue to get the call up, they seem to put in and have a go for Wenty unlike some others.
      I would also consider Gower for Scott, Scott seems to have passed his use-by and offers little whereas Gower is similar in size but offers a bit more variety with ball in hand and has never let anyone down.

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