SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Bevan French of the Eels walks from the field during the round 13 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights at ANZ Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Eels winger Bevan French may leave Parramatta at the end of the season to pursue his long-term goal of playing fullback.

The 22-year old comes out of contract at the end of the 2019 season, but he is free to begin exploring his options as of November.

French is currently behind Eels regular number one Clint Gutherson, and his desire to play fullback could lead him to another club.

“I’ve had a little chat with my manager and come the end of the year we’ll have a sit down and have a chat about that and chat with the club and see where I sit,” he told the Daily Telegraph. 

“A lot of people’s opinion is that I’m a better winger than fullback but I’d be pretty disappointed if I spent my whole career out on the wing.

“I don’t want to look back and say I didn’t try. If I try and go somewhere and try to be a fullback and it doesn’t work out, at least I know I gave it a crack and I’ll be happy to play anywhere then.”

The Tingha product said there was other factors he would consider if he were to look at other clubs.

“You have to look at the clubs and the facilities and what I can learn,’’ French said.

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“I have learnt a lot here and I’m sure if I do stay here I’ll continue to learn a lot. I’ll have to sit down and go through the pros and cons of things at the end of the season with my manager. It’s something I’ll have to start thinking about soon.”

With Roosters winger Blake Ferguson joining Parramatta next season, French said the competition for spots was a healthy problem the Eels would be faced with.

“It’ll be healthy for our club and the team in general,” he said.

“I think we already have strong competition with the roster we have.

“Everyone is sort of pushing for positions every week. He’s only going to add to that.

“It doesn’t bother me what side I play or anything like that. Come preseason it will be interesting to see who is going to play where and the competition is just going to put everyone on their toes.”


  1. Who needs a fullback? He may have to move to QLD. Cowboys, unless they get Valentine. Brisbane. Gold coast. I hope he doesn’t get home sick.

  2. talented? absolutely, but he needs to lift his work rate if he even wants to be considered a winger, let alone a fullback.
    At the moment he runs the risk of being considered in the Nathan Blacklock and Nathan Merritt type of winger – one who can finish when on the end of quality movement but cannot create chances or to do the heavy lifting that most wingers are required to do nowadays.

    • 3 runs for 18 metres is not acceptable at any level, let alone NRL.

      I am a fan of his in general, but if he wants to chase an opportunity to play fullback then good luck to him. In all honesty, I don’t see him fitting into Parra’s first choice back 5 next year anyway. Assuming Hayne resigns, we have Hayne, Gennings, Mennings, Gutho and Fergo all ahead of French.

      • sorry daffy, I was not intending to be disrespectful to Blacklock, but he was a different type of winger to what is the norm these days – meaning big powerful wingers that hit the ball up, that was the point I was trying to make

  3. If Val Holmes heads to the Cowboys. The Sharks could sign him up to play Fullback, then play Dugan in the centres with Luetele.

  4. He is fast and a good finisher but that’s it. Not big enough and gets pushed back or ragdolled in to touch. Will find it hard to crack 1st grade at Parra next year.

  5. Remember when the eels fans were in here crowing he was the future fullback for NSW about 2 years ago? His not even good enough for city country, there would be State cup teams say No to this feather weight.

    Please Eels lunatics, tell me again how he is better then Tom Turbo, Latrell Mitchell and Ponga I need a good laugh from you losers

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