Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney has ushered in a new era at the club. He announced a team for the opening round of the NRL premiership which contains six new faces and only nine survivors from the side that played the final game of the regular season last year. Among the new faces in the 18-man squad to take on the Warriors in Auckland on Saturday night are local juniors Mitchell Allgood and Ryan Morgan, recruits Carl Webb, Casey McGuire and Chris Walker plus former Melbourne lock Billy Rogers. Kearney’s hand was forced somewhat given prop Fuifui Moimoi and centre Joel Reddy were unavailable as they are injured. The Eels had an indifferent season last year prompting the premature departure of Daniel Anderson and the appointment of Kearney – the New Zealand coach and former right-hand man of Craig Bellamy at Melbourne – to take over the reins. The Eels won two out of their three pre-season trials and their impressive demolition of local rival Penrith proves they could be a force to be reckoned with this season. “Young Mitchell (Allgood) has been playing in lower grades and he really impressed during the pre-season,” Kearney said last night. “He’s played really well in the trials. So has Ryan Morgan.” Allgood and Morgan face a baptism of fire in view of the Warriors’ reputation on home soil. “It’s always a tough ask playing against the Warriors,” Kearney said. “We will be very clear about their job and what they need to do.”

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