Parramatta have struggled to find a regular No. 1 since Jarryd Hayne departed the club at the end of the 2014 season, although Clint Gutherson wants to make the position his own in 2019.
The 24-year-old is off contract at the end of the 2019 season, but wants to have a consistent year at fullback after years of the Eels chopping and changing at No. 1.
Gutherson returned from an ACL injury in round six and impressed for the Eels all season, featuring at fullback, five-eighth and centre as he plugged holes for Brad Arthur all year long.
In 2019 however, Gutherson wants to lock himself down at fullback, and is itching to make himself the number one at No. 1.
“I’ll put my best foot forward and try to make it my own,” Gutherson told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I’ve been training at fullback and trying to get the combinations going.
“I finished the season at five-eighth and centre. I like fullback, I like roaming around and popping up wherever I can. It doesn’t bother me.
“I think I turn up in the right spot and feel like I’ve got that footy head where I can [sense] something coming.
“It can get hard at times when you’re chopping and changing. It’s good and bad for me, but I’d like to lock down a position and play the one spot. I’m happy to do what Brad wants and what’s best for the team.
“‘Bevy’ [Bevan French] is there, there’s a couple of the young boys, Will Smith can play there, but I’ll put my best foot forward and try to make it my own.”
Gutherson has been at the Eels for the past three seasons, and has 22 tries and 61 appearances to his name.
He’s currently without a deal past 2019, but is more than happy with the current situation.
“I don’t know, I want to get to the season,” Gutherson said.
“The club isn’t in a rush to push it either. We’ll see what happens. I’m happy here. I’ve built up a good thing with the coaching staff and the players.
“I’ll see what my options are, but at the moment I’m happy ripping into pre-season.”