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The Parramatta Eels have announced the signing of five-eighth Jaeman Salmon, on a three-year-contract until the end of the 2020 season.

Salmon, who was part of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks NYC side in 2017 was also an U16s & U18s NSW Origin representative.

Eels NYC players Greg Leleisiuao, Dane Aukafolau and Ray Stone have also been elevated into the Eels squad in 2018.

Head of Recruitment & Retention Peter Sharp said, “Jaeman is a very exciting youngster who will enhance our already elite program and flourish under Brad Arthur.”

“Greg, Dane and Ray all graduated from our U20’s Grand Final NYC Squad and will all be great additions to an already strong Eels side.”

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  1. Greg Leleisiuao looks great in the U20’s, but he is short for an NRL winger at 180cm, especially with French already in the team. Very strong ball runner though.

    Dane Aukafolau might be capable of providing some competition in the outside backs, not as strong a ball runner as GL but is quite tall.

    Ray Stone looks a bit of a throwback player, strong running backrower, who also adds to depth in a position that is pretty strong at the club.

    All 3 guys deserve the promotion to the NRL squad. I don’ know a lot about Salmon though, but depth in the halves can only be a good thing.

    • i think they are all good additions to the squad and have probably been signed to gain experience at Wenty and as back-ups should first choice back-ups not be available for whatever reason.
      As you say, GL is a great u20’s winger and like all u20’s players, defence is not a strong point but one that may come with time and tuition. He may get limited game time in 2018, dependant on other recruitment but wouldnt expect to see too much of him.
      Aukafolau is probably in the same category, signed to the top squad as depth and to gain experience and may see very limited game time in 2018.
      Stone is prbably the one most likely to see action at some points during the season – not a lot, just tastes at various times.
      Faainga is one who probably should be added as well – looks the goods in RLWC.
      What it means though is that the efforts to rebuild the junior program over the last 4 years is startng to pay dividends – juniors making it to the top squad. There has been very little of that since Brian Smith’s days…

      • Agreed on all of that. Especially the last point about the lack of juniors since Smith left. Things are starting to get better in that regard for sure.

        • for all his perceived faults, smith really knew how to build a clubs entire football program.
          While he never led a team to the holy grail, he generally left a legacy in the clubs pathway structures that benefitted them for many years after he left. In the eels case, successive self-interested groups destroyed it all and only in the last 4 years since BA’s arrival, has it been rebuilt.

      • Smith always was a great club coach just always thought he had an issue with older players.He just seemed lacking a bit in player management with older guys.Very my way or the highway

  2. Reed Mahoney should also be added to this squad-he was brilliant for the Eels Holden Cup team and is a genuine 80 minute hooker.In my view he already offers more than Kaysa Pritchard and is not injury prone like Kaysa

    • i would second that but not at this stage, i think he needs at least another year or two in the lower grades playing against men to really hone his game. As brilliant as he was in 2017, he did go missing in the GF.
      He has a huge motor and will be a gun player in the future, but needs some experience in ISC.

  3. Tony Williams is training with the eels at the moment too.. looked to parramatta to announce this in a few days for a signing

  4. Still no big signing which was reported about to be announced weeks ago.Also all the Hayne crap seemed to fizzled out quick

    • manly trying to make a play for hayne but doubt he would play for sea eagles he big chance a being at Parra but titans still expecting him to stay

    • I’m taking this as further evidence Norman is leaving, but I still hope not.

      I can’t even see how Pearce and Mosses work. Thinking, thinking, thinking, nope. If Norman is gone, and I’m still in denial, but if he is, I’d rather move Gutho back to 6, or even Hayne if we’re bringing him back, and spend the money on a gun elsewhere to firm the squad up (hooker if available).

      • I don’t see Pearce and moses wotking either. I think Moses really enjoyed being in control of the team that was a big reason his game improved. Bringing in Pearce relegates him back to number 2 again in that regard, which i don’t see helping the team. Play with with a ball running/creative 6 and he gets the chance to be the main ball player.

        FootyFan, there doesn’t seem to be any real info on Corey, but there is a lot of chat that he has done something and BA isn’t happy.

        • E47 thanks. It would have to be end of the world kind of stuff for Parra to release Norman. Moses and Norman combo finally allows Parra to focus on future. Both young and have plenty of experience.

        • i would extremely surprised if Pearce was even in the conversation – his price tag would be too high at 800K+ which would chew up the majority of remaining cap and therefore not allow the signing of any topline forward or winger, which have been identified as what is required.
          while it has died down a little at the moment, i am expecting the club to announce Napa and Hayne as those who will be joining in 2018.
          There could be lot at play as to why these deals have not been announced. But i do strongly suspect that the deals have been done in principle but the finer points are still being negotiated with their existing clubs, such as who will be paying what. Its how these deals normally play out.

      • Norman going nowhere got contact very close to him. He is in for big yr. There was a genuine excuse for his drop in form late last year and eels fans can expect him to be back to his best.

        • I know he had a good friend die in very bad circumstances end of season but others talk as if he is gone for good from Parra

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