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Brad Arthur’s Contract Extended – Positive signs for the future

In what has certainly been a season that has tried the patience of every Parramatta fan, today we got the news we have all been hoping for; the extension to Brad Arthur’s coaching contract that will see him at the club until (at least) the end of the 2019 season.


Brad Arthur signs the contact extension

Brad Arthur signs the contact extension


Any readers of The Cumberland Throw would know, we are unabashed fans of BA . The new attitude, the work ethic, the culture that Brad has instilled into this team has this year started to yield a real positive change. Just watching the way the players turn up and play for one another is indicative of the new “Parramattitude” that the team has under Brad.


Brad Arthur and Max Donnelly

Max Donnelly congratulates Brad Arthur after signing the contract


I’m sure that all of the blue and gold faithful agree that the contract extension for BA not only shows that the club is moving in a positive direction, but with BA extending his stay with the Eels, the future is looking brighter .


Happy faces in the dressing room as BA makes the announcement to the players

Happy faces in the dressing room as BA makes the announcement to the players




images courtesy of The Parramatta Eels and the NRL

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9 thoughts on “Brad Arthur’s Contract Extended – Positive signs for the future

  1. Colin Hussey

    Great news, would have liked to have seen it for 3 extra’s rather than the 2.

    It has been a long time coming but the main thing is the ink on the paper, we go forward with assurity for the years ahead. A good & tough win to celebrate the signing as well.

    1. DK Eel Post author

      tough gutsy win tonight. The grit and determination is typical of the tenacious new attitude that BA has instilled in our squad.

      Tonight was a fantastic way to celebrate the win for BA’s contract extension.

  2. The rev aka Snedden

    Dk that is bloody good news n about time.
    I think brad is our coach to take us to the promise land. Now time or taka , Norman , Kenny , wicks , gutherson to re-sign itch us

    1. DK Eel Post author

      A few important events that has come from the front office this week.

      1) the contract extension of BA . He said tonight when talking about the extension “I love this place, I love being here”. THIS is the sort of leader/head coach that we MUST have at this place.

      2) When extra money was requested to bring a former NFL player to the club, the front office wasn’t prepared to place the salary cap or the retention of players seen as our future in any form of jeopardy. The front office decision making process is focused upon the future not the short term fix.

      Real positive signs from the club.

  3. Grunta Potato

    Geez things are slowly but surely building for a big run for a few years at the eels.
    This is the most important contract. We see efforts like last night without Peats, Norman, Foran, Paulo and Semi and we still have a pile of money to sign a couple of top tier players.
    It’s very exciting times for us fans and deservedly so!
    BA’s decisions and handling of the Foran and Hayne sagas has been all class.

    1. DK Eel Post author

      Spot on Grunta.

      There’s that old famous and often quoted Jack Gibson comment “Success begins at the front office”.

      The signing of the contract says to me that Gibson’s words are being enacted upon.

      I’d go so far as to re-imagine what Jack said in this –


      Not only is it from the “front office” but it comes from having the right people in the right positions that can most effectively bring about positive change and habits. It’s not JUST the front office, but it’s the right, positive people with a can do, never give up style of attitude in key positions. BA and the staff around him are just as much a key to any future success as the front office, but without the right team “at the top”, then the guys who put their bodies on the line on the field for us week in week out just won’t be able to reach their full potential.

      That being said, Brad Arthur is a massive component in that chain, that “change for success”.

      The way he has helped hold together the team this year (during what has been a trying season of off field scrutiny), keeping the players focused on the job at hand, creating and nurturing a great culture within the group, Brad has been and will continue to be a massive part of the growth and development of the Eels .

      Got your sunglasses handy? The future is bright (yeah, you know the song quote!)



  4. Jim

    What a great move Eels. This signing will be the start of the good news stories coming out of the Eels from now on. Things happen for a reason & I believe seeing how Brad handled all the crap that has happened this season has shown us fans exactly what type of coach we have at this club. BA is the reason I have been able to keep going so positively as a fans this season & I’m absolutely wrapped that he will be with us for years to come.
    Go The Mighty Eels.

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