The Parramatta Eels begin life without Jarryd Hayne in 2015, with the superstars defection to NFL leaving the club in desperate need for key players to stand up, including some of their new recruits. They have recruited smart names rather than big names, Anthony Watmough aside, to bolster their ranks for the upcoming season.
The recruitment of Reece Robinson from Canberra took place almost immediately following the loss of Hayne, with the speedy winger/fullback seen as an ideal replacement for the former Parramatta stalwart. Robinson shone at fullback for Canberra, before being pushed out to the wing by the stellar form of Anthony Milford. While he played a lot on the wing during this time, he is a far more capable player when at the back, looking threatening in attack and solid under the high ball. There is talk of shifting Will Hopoate to fullback, however to get the best out of Robinson, he must have the number one on his back.
A player of Watmough’s ability is a great coup for the Eels, and will help give the Eels good go forward in the middle area of the field. His ball skills and speed in the play the ball make him a handful to defend, a feature of his game that has made him a key player in the NSW Blues origin team. Watmough will also
A centre pairing of Beau Champion and Will Hopoate makes a good start to a threatening back line. Beau Champion hasn’t been at his best in recent times, however his potential and experience makes him a good buy for the side. Champion is particularly solid in defence however is a strong ball runner and has more than enough strength to break the opposition line.