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Premiership talisman Paul Whatuira is desperate to repay the faith at Parramatta, but isn’t promising a premiership.Whatuira, who won grand finals with Penrith in 2003 and the Wests Tigers two years later, was thrown a lifeline by the Eels for 2011 after a troubled stint in the UK Super League. If he was to notch a third premiership ring this year, he would equal Glenn Lazarus’s record of three titles at three different NRL clubs. The former Test prop won competitions with Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne. “No, it’s a long season ahead and a lot of hard work goes on in the background,” he told reporters. “All I want to do is, if my opportunity comes, I’ll take it with both hands and hopefully I can front up for the team and play some good football.” Continue reading

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Daniel Mortimer missing again

The spectacular fall of young Parramatta halfback Daniel Mortimer has reduced him to playing for Wentworthville in the NSW Cup on Sunday. Rather than lead the resurgent Eels in the NRL at a packed Parramatta Stadium against Wests Tigers, Mortimer will be a few kilometres away at Ringrose Park guiding the Wenty Magpies against Central Coast. Mortimer was not named in the Eels squad yesterday and club officials failed to offer any explanation as to why the little No. 7 – battling second-year syndrome – was left out for a second week. Many believed Mortimer would return to the bench after being “rested” from Friday’s Brisbane encounter. But newcomers Anthony Mitchell and Taniela Lasalo were instead retained by coach Daniel Anderson.  Mortimer will play for Parramatta’s feeder club in the second-tier competition – and there is every chance he could be joined by Shane Shackleton. Shackleton was the big off-season recruit who lasted just a few minutes in Parramatta’s opening game before he tore his hamstring from the bone. “Morts will play for Wenty this weekend, but he won’t be named because the club isn’t keen on any publicity. They’ve had plenty in recent weeks,” one source said. “There’s also the chance of Shackleton playing, but he might not be back for another week.”

Eels Injury Update

The Pirtek Parramatta Eels currently have Shane Shackleton, Eric Grothe and Brendan Oake on the injury list. After sustaining an horrific hamstring injury in Round 1, Shackleton is now running and pushing for a return before the season ends, however he is wary pf pushing himself too far, too early. Eric Grothe has an ongoing knee injury and he also hopes to return before the end of the season. He is currently in the rehabilitation group working on running. Brendan Oake injured his thumb in the first minutes of the match against the Warriors in Round 17 and played 70 minutes with torn ligaments and tendons. He had surgery to repair the damage and is looking at returning in the late rounds of the season.

Shackleton gone for season

Parramatta forward Shane Shackleton has been ruled out for the rest of the NRL season after surgery to repair a serious hamstring injury. Recruited from the Sydney Roosters in the off-season, Shackleton suffered the injury in a tackle early in the second half of the Eels’ first round loss to St George Illawarra on Friday. Shackleton had emergency surgery the same day and will remain in hospital for a period as the leg needs to be immobilised, the club said in a statement.

Injuries o’plenty from Dragons v Eels clash

St George Illawarra and Parramatta were counting the cost of Friday night’s season opening NRL clash with Nathan Fien and Shane Shackleton looking at lengthy stints on the sidelines. Fien’s injury looked to be the most serious, the Dragons hooker suffering a suspected broken ankle, losing Matt Cooper (hamstring) before the match joining Neville Costigan (shoulder), Peni Tagive (knee) and Kyle Stanley (ankle) who are already on the sidelines. Shackleton’s first NRL match for the Eels ended in the first minute of the second half when he had to be assisted off with what looked to be a serious hamstring tear, Parramatta had already lost centre Joel Reddy to a hamstring injury in the warm-up and he was replaced in the run-on side by Krisnan Inu.

Can you reinvent the Eel ?

Daniel Anderson certainly thinks so and will endeavour to do just that in an effort to keep his troops fresh and to go that step further in this years premiership. After last years mid season form reversal any changes to the line up would almost be deemed unnecessary, but when you throw the names Timana Tahu ($120,300 CTW), Justin Poore ($250,800 FRF) and Shane Shackleton ($192,500 FRF/2RF) into the mix it would be a brave man that says the Eels won’t be sniffing around come finals time. As with most coaches (DT included) not all positions are spoken for within the squad, Tahu will almost certainly dislodge Krisnan Inu ($143,500 CTW/FB) or Joel Reddy ($132,400 CTW) whilst Poore could unsettle stalwart Nathan Cayless ($257,400 FRF) or crowd favourite Fuifui Moimoi ($194,600 FRF). As mentioned at the NEX Kris Keating ($190,300 HLV) is fighting hard to regain his spot in the halves keeping both Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Jeff Robson ($227,300 HLV) honest, although having the confidence from the back end of last season with the inclusion of play-offs, it will be difficult to break. “We have to get the best out of them while playing with the players that we already have here so that’s what I mean we’ve got a different dynamic.” Anderson said “It would be naive to think that we’d be able to start the same and finish the same but obviously we’d like to be more consistent in our application as a team.”