3 New Signings


The Parramatta Eels are pleased to announce the signings of three new players who will commence training in the 2021 pre-season.


Centre Tom Opacic has agreed to a one year deal with the Eels.


Tom made his NRL debut in 2016 for the Brisbane Broncos and has spent the past two seasons playing for the North Queensland Cowboys in his 43 NRL game career. 


Isaiah Papali’i has agreed to a two year deal, after playing 59 NRL games for the Warriors since 2017.


He has also represented New Zealand and Samoa.


Hooker Joey Lussick has also agreed to a one year deal after spending time in the Eels pathways in 2014 and 2015.


He went on to make his NRL debut for Manly in 2017 and has spent the last three seasons in the UK Super League playing for Salford.


Parramatta Eels General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill said, “We are excited to welcome Tom, Isaiah and Joey and I have no doubt that these three men will be a great cultural fit with our Club.”


“All players will add class, depth and balance to our overall squad and they will be relocating from their current destinations in readiness for the 2021 pre-season,” O’Neill said.

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  • I think Papalili will surprise everyone and will be a mainstay in the 17. Very strong with a quick play the ball plus he has pace. Good signing 

    • Agree Chiefy, he is a different type of forward to what we have....a genuine power forward in the mold of Tommaloo (spell) Junior Pangai and a Fafita....the closest we have to him is probably Nikore.....I can see him and Brown playing in the middle but if we get any edge issues then he could fit there as well.Matterson may have one edge sewn up but Lane would be starting behind both Nikore and Papalii for mine.

      • Has Nikore signed as well? bet the Sharks are dirty on this.


      • Who or what is Fafita?  Mexican corn bread, Tortilla or similar?  Do they have legs, maybe the chilli sauce might give some speed.

        Just to add to it Pops, there are a couple of NRL players named Fifita though unless its the Sharks version that cannot hold his wind in.

        • The context was a power forward, there is only one like that in the NRL.... David Fafita Titans 2021

          I was going to add Chili Concarne with Mushroom Sauce, but I could not find a good Mushy!...lol

  • May I ask tho,why we let Schneider go and I haven't seen him play but  some had wraps on him, then sign lussick?

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