SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 14: Clint Gutherson of the Eels looks on during the round 15 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

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.

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“‘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.”

28 COMMENTS

  1. That’s one thing the three wise men have not missed – the constant sniping…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    c’mon blottoland boys keep on making a mess on the insular peninsula and reinforce why its the most hated team in the comp 😜😜

    • Third most hated Billy, Souffths πŸ‘ˆπŸ˜–πŸ‘‰and Brisbane are officially equal firstπŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

  2. Eels need to start a rebuild. With so much players going off contract end of this year it’s the perfect time. Ofcourse Gutho should be the starting fullback he’s only 24 and has been a standout at times for the eels. They should really be looking to cut players loose as soon as possible to free up cap space and sign new young fresh players. Hooker is a key area. They haven’t had a good stand out hooker in such a long time and that’s a key piece of not only your spine but your forward pack and your decision making.
    If the Storm sign Cam Smith for 2 years that locks him down as there starter and the Eels should throw some money at Brandon Smith. He’s a international player and he’s full of potential. Another option would be Blayke Brailey. He is now looking for some NRL minutes and has to compete with his brother to get them, they are both two good to play second fiddle so it’s likely one will have to go for game time. Blayke hasn’t played NRL and is younger so could be brought cheaper, he’s also rumoured to be the better of the brothers but hes also very young and that’s a risk.
    The halves situation needs sorting out. Mitchell Moses could be shopped to the Broncoes, Dragons or Warriors, which would free up a lot of cap space to start one of your younger players such as Dylan Brown.

    • not sure we need to worry long term about hooker, we have Mahoney coming through who will start season, then Schneider who has big wraps on him.
      There will be a lot let go at seasons end and hopefully kritchard will be first in the queue.
      Norman wont be there, Moses is an each way chance, but Brown, Salmon, Mahoney and Gutho are the future spine.

        • in last 5-10 years there has only been the one local junior hooker that has come through the ranks and that’s has been Kritchard and I agree he hasn’t lived up to his hype.
          I think the current stock are better placed than any previous ones.

  3. Poor gutho the spoon will haunt him for the rest of his days.. he’d come back to Manly in a heart beat. No pressure from bush coach ba making him captain at 24. Interesting isnt it thats twice now in a few years the bush coach has made a young manly player Captain over eels veterans and juniors πŸ€”

      • Jammie Lyon coming from Wee Waa, couldn’t get out of Parra quick enough to go to St Helens and then hook up with his mate Noel Cleal….not exactly the same as the largest wasted junior league area coming over and poaching juniors from the tiny Peninsula resources, taking them from their plastic outdoor chairs!

  4. He`s the sort of player the Raiders should be looking at, I reckon he`d fit nicely at 5/8. Chad Townsend would be another they should give a call

    • Townsend at the Raiders would really make them a competitive side, although I can’t see him leaving the sharks. Surely Gutherson HAS to play FB for parra? I mean who would in his place? Bevan French has had his strings of form at FB, but he doesn’t appear ready for consistent first grade. His talents and speed are better used on the wing, in an Addo-Carr sort of role.

  5. 1: B French
    2: B Ferguson
    3: M Jennings
    4: C Gutherson
    5: M Sivo
    6: C Norman
    7: M Moses

    That will be the eels backline

    • semi – I hope not.
      Prefer 1. Norman 2, Gennings, 3 Mennings, 4, Fergo, 5, Sivo, 6 Salmon, 7 Moses, with Dylan Brown blooded during the season.

      • My concern with playing Fergo in the centres is he is at his best when he is on the wing eating up metres, in the centres he isn’t as effective.
        Have you intentionally left out Gutho, as I see him as our best centre option, with Fergo on the wing and then Gennings and Divorce fighting over the other side. I do like Norman at the back.

        • Nice work Billy. Leaving Gutho out of the team, and on an article specifically about him.

          I assume we will lose Norman or Moses before 2019, and on that basis I think the FB position is Gutho’s, or at least first crack at it. I think that’s the right call in its own right, but at the same time, and adding to that, I think we will lose him (Gutho) if we restrict him to a centre and/or (effectively an 80 playing minutes) utility.

          If we do lose Norman or Moses, I think we should go for Nikorima. Run him at hooker, and first reserve for the halves, where he will be needed, given Salmon has a likely suspension, and probably isn’t ready for a full season at 80 min. a game yet.

          Smith off the bench.

        • “Nice work Billy. Leaving Gutho out of the team, and on an article specifically about him.”

          This is like a National Geographic doco, rare footage of eels eating their own. Fascinating stuff! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  6. Parramatta will do really well this year now that they have odds from out of this world to make the eight, the two game throwers/fixers fellow gangster Norman and his newly recruited off sider Moses will really fire this year and make stacks of money on the side leading their team to he top four.πŸ”«πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ”«πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦βšͺ

  7. Ironic isn’t it? The same man (Stephen Dank) who brought disaster and ASADA to the Sharks brought premierships and success to Manly.

    Manly’s golden era of dominance coincidentally went into decline AFTER Stephen Dank left the Sea Eagles. Further conclusive evidence is in how Manly beat the Storm (a team full of rep talent including Smith, Slater, Cronk, Inglis and Folau) in 2008 by 40 points to ZERO! No team had been able to hold the Storm to ZERO much less put 40 points on them during their 10 year period of dominance… not without HELP! πŸ’ŠπŸ’ŠπŸ’ŠπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ

    Hasler once described Stephen Dank as “a great analytical thinker”. He meant of course that Dank was a great chemist, effectively the Dr Mengele of Manly’s recent “golden era”.

    Think about it, every team Dank has been involved in has been busted for doping EXCEPT Manly. Don’t you find that strange? Cronulla Sharks, Essendon Bombers all got taken down by ASADA but Manly’s back office musr have employed a CSI team to help them scrub away all the incriminating forensic evidence.

    Careful throwing stones mate. Glass bird cages! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  8. It’s funny seeing manly supporters on here crying about Parra recruiting Guth. He was told by your club he was unwanted. Parra took him and developed him and now the cry babies want him back. He will be at Parra for the rest of his career.
    All this crying from supporters of a club who has built itself on the back of other clubs juniors.
    Hilarious.

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