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