Pritchard eyes blue and gold re­turn

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

FRANK Pritchard will con­sider com­ing out of re­tire­ment if Par­ra­matta coach Brad Arthur con­tacts him.

Pritchard walked away from the Eels in Jan­uary, de­cid­ing it was time to put his fam­ily first after 15 sea­sons in the NRL and Eng­land.

But, after watch­ing Par­ra­matta start the sea­son 0-6, the ex-New Zealand and Samoan in­ter­na­tional said he’d re­con­sider his fu­ture if the Eels came call­ing.

“If he (Brad) gives me a call why not?” Pritchard, 34, said.

“If they needed a hand or a help, but they prob­a­bly need more than me (laughs).

“(It’s easy) in hind­sight when you can sit back now and think, ‘do they need for­wards?’, es­pe­cially the way they are go­ing. A lot of peo­ple are say­ing the for­wards are too small, but they’ve got the team to do it and some­times all it takes is one win.”

Mean­while, Clin­ton Guther­son will cap­tain the Eels along­side Tim Man­nah and Beau Scott for the rest of the sea­son, the club an­nounced yes­ter­day. Guther­son made a suc­cess­ful re­turn from an ACL in­jury last week.

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