Eels have a ridiculous amount of players off contract for next season. Huge decisions need to be made about which players need to be retained, and who to let go. Here is my take on the players
1. Clint Gutherson
Clint has only been an outstanding player the last couple of seasons. His tireless work ethic is incredible, and really shows on the pitch. He always is in support on line breaks etc. All things all members on this site already know. Reports suggest he is in negotiations with Eels now, but is waiting for knowledge on next seasons coach and a sound offer from Parramatta to re-sign. Gutho is crucial. A leader and a workhorse, the type of player every team needs. Even though he has a bad injury record (completely out of his control), hes definately playing at a level worthy of a big contract
2. Mitchell Moses
Moses came into Eels in 2017, and showed instantly his capabilities and potential. This was a major part of us reaching the top 4. Last season, he never seemed to click with Norman. So far this season, his leading of the attack has been brilliant, with Brown/Salmon also playing a fantastic supporting role. Give it a bit, but if this form keeps up, also a definate player to keep. Also, nobody off-contract at the end of this season worth signing above him.
3. Tim Mannah
Tim has been very consistant coming off the bench this season. Also a tireless worker while on the field, and has been loyal to Parramatta for a long time. Definately worth a 1 year deal
4. Brad Takairangi
I like Brad Takairangi. I really do. But he's definitely under pressure this season. Lots of great off-contract centres, and Eels juniors challenging his for a spot constantly. From what the Eels have shown, hes fits in with the side well, and work well with the team. It will all come down to peformances this season
5. Michael Jennings
Is this the same Michael Jennings as last season? Scored a double twice already this year, and has been fantastic. Worth a new deal on current form, and has ample experience. Definately not on the same high pay as this season, but would be a great player to continue seeing in an Eels jersey. However, same as Taka, Eels have some juniors, Salmon especially, coming for his spot.
6. Matt McIlwrick/Kaysa Pritchard
Should only keep one of these lads. Kaysa gives it his all, which is fantastic to watch, but not sure if he will continue with league with all his injury woes. Haven't seen much of Matt McIlwrick, so can't really comment on him, but we only really need one back-up hooker. Mahoney is fine as an 80 minute hooker.
7. Daniel Alvaro
Always seems to be improving. Still only 25, so has years in him. Definately a good option to keep.
8. Andrew Davey
Never watched him. Can't comment here.
9. Bevan French
Loads of talent, but seems to be rejected into Wenty. Had a blinder last week though. Would love to see him starting at another club though, because a player of his talent deserves it. Is still a handy player to have though.
10. David Gower
Hard working and consistant. Coaches dream. Fox says hes not re-signing, but would love to keep him round.
11. Josh Hoffman
He hasn't really his his stride at Parramatta. Similar to Bevan, handy backup option, but would be nice to see him as a starter elsewhere
12. Oregon Kafusi.
Young and looks like good potential. Keep the lad.
13. Greg Leleisiuao
Apparently a gun and star of the future. I've got no clue really about his ability. Lots of wingers at Parra, all good for competition, but would hate to get in the way of his future.
14. Manu Ma'u
Love his agression. He's been a brilliant player for a number of years at Parra. Last season and the start of this, injuries have crippled him. Also, Eels have a number of second-row stocks coming through the ranks. If he can get back into it without injuries, definate re-sign. Lets hope he does.
15. Tepai Moeroa
He's still 23. Been playing well, and has so much potential for future seasons. Seems like hes been around forever. Has really found form these first couple of games, and on the back of that, warrants getting a new contract. Has had loads of concussions though, so Eels will need to make sure he stays healthy, for his sake more than anything.
16. Marata Niukore
Been playing brilliantly, and hes young. Keep.
17. Peni Terepo
If he can keep his off field actions in check, hes a keep. Big body, and he runs hard. No longer the butterfingers we used to make fun of. Has been a good player for us when he plays.
18. Ray Stone and Stefano Utoikamanu
Both young, but I haven't seen a lot of them. Could be good to keep, but I am not sure.
Coach- Brad Arthur
This is so form based. Wooden spoon last year, but he did such a brilliant job in 2017. Seems to have a great connection to the team, including our captain, Gutho. If he can keep up this form, he is a 100% to re-sign. If we go back to 2018 form, I think he will be gone. He's definately got the coaching ability in him. He got us through a salary cap scandal completely out of our control, and made us a much better team with good siginings. The players he has signed this year have been fantastic so far, and have been key to our victories.
What are your thoughts? Is this right? What have I missed out?