Proof we won’t take culture lying down
IT was a sight to behold on a sunny Saturday morning at Parramatta training.
Around 200 players across five grades completing a tough pre-season session together. It’s a far cry from last season when poor performances resulted in a fractured team environment.
“Last year when we had team lunches only half the side would be there,” prop Tepai Moeroa said.
“But this year we have everyone coming. There is definitely a different mentality to last year and a one-in, all-in buy in to what we are trying to build.
“I think training with all the grades helps with that club culture.
“When you are training NRL or NSW Cup you don’t realise you have such an impact on the lower grades or the girls.
“But joint sessions like this make you understand you can help them.”
Eels coach Brad Arthur says the joint club training sessions were implemented to improve club harmony.
He concedes the team culture dropped this season compared to 2017 when Parramatta put aside salary cap claims to reach the semi-finals.
“I’ve talked about us becoming tighter as a group,” Arthur said.
“In 2017 we were really tight and we had a few external things driving us.
“Maybe last season we thought it was just going to happen and we didn’t work hard enough on being that tight group.”
Arthur has noticed a significant difference around the club this preseason, especially in the joint training sessions.