Smith likes no Eels hype

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

Ben Smith PAR­RA­MATTA vet­eran Ben Smith wel­comes the lack of hype around the Eels ahead of the 2011 NRL sea­son. The Eels started the 2010 cam­paign as favourites to win their first pre­mier­ship since 1986 but flopped mis­er­ably, fin­ish­ing 12th, lead­ing to the sack­ing of coach Daniel An­der­son. The re­cruit­ment of vet­er­ans Chris Hicks, Chris Walker, Casey McGuire and Carl Webb has been de­rided by many, but Smith be­lieves their ex­pe­ri­ence is just what the team needed. ‘‘ Some of the re­ac­tion from the me­dia has been a bit over-the-top and sur­pris­ing.’’

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