GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: Michael Jennings of the Eels warms up before the round 22 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Parramatta Eels at Cbus Super Stadium on August 16, 2019 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Parramatta has landed the contract extension of veteran Michael Jennings, signing a new two-year deal to remain with the Eels until the end of the 2021 season.

Eels Club General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill expressed his delight with the announcement.

“Securing Michael is an important component to our roster management going forward,” O’Neill told the club’s website.

“His skill and experience really contributed to our much improved performance in 2019 and he will add enormous value in the future as we strive for premiership success considering he knows what it takes to perform on the highest stage.”

Jennings made his league debut in 2007 and has since represented Australia and Tonga at international levels while also featuring for NSW in State of Origin and the NRL All Stars.

Having enjoyed a strong 2019 campaign on the Eels left side – pairing with Maika Sivo – Jennings will be a key role player for Parramatta’s finals chances for the next two seasons.


  1. I’ve stated a few times that I rate Parra highly, but Jennings is past it, he won’t be the starting centre by the end of 2020 season, he has a habit of coming good when contracts are up, but I believe he is too slow now, Parra wanted one year but gave him two, wrong decision i reckon.

  2. Penso, I can’t disagree entirely, nor can I say I hadn’t considered a similar line of thought to your comments on Jennings, and I may (just MAYBE) have a slight bias, but I think you’re being a bit harsh.
    Good call on rating Parra though. We could squeeze you in if interested in a membership

  3. Eelsalmighty…please stop being a pacifier. Just stop beating around the bush with your “I can’t entirely agree” or ” your maybe this and consider that garbage”, and say what you need to say to fools such as that penso girl. What are you ellsalmighty? A man or a Mouse. Grow some cags boy.

    Just tell her what you wanted to tell her.
    That she is wrong with her harsh opinion otherwise Parra would have not signed him.

  4. eels, I believe that Parra are on the brink of something really special, a serious premiership threat, I would not say that if I didn’t think so, I just reckon Jennings has lost a yard of pace and two years is too long, hopefully for your sake i’m proved wrong.
    Once again that idiot adam butts in on something that is of no concern to him, he has some serious mental problems!!!

  5. Penso, I know exactly what you’re saying re Jennings.
    I’m not too concerned about his speed, as we’ve got plenty of attack around him, but hoping he stays motivated. I think his experience is his biggest asset to our side going forward, as long as he’s keen/motivated to help the team/his teammates.

  6. I’d be one of the first to knock Jennings. I have to say that he still looked pretty good playing for Tonga, against Australia. So he must still have something to offer at the Eels.

  7. Penso, I get what you are saying about Jennings, he has definitely lost some pace and he isn’t the player he used to be. However, he brings much needed experience to his side of the field. Look at 2019, when he was out Sivo had some absolute shockers in defence. With Sivo and Dylan Brown sharing the same side of the field, Jennings can coach them through some decision making in defence, which will help their progression. Also, whilst he may not be as fast as he used to be, he is still very quick off the mark, and has great footwork, which still enables him to find holes that others can’t, and with faster players inside and out (Sivo and Brown) he can still provide opportunities for them.

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