After recently taking you deep into the operations of our NRL squad with exhaustive chats with Steve Murphy (Assistant Coach & Backs Coach) and the now departed Peter Gentle (Assistant Coach & Forwards Coach) we now flip the focus onto the Parramatta Juniors system.
2017 has been a hugely successful year for the Eels right across their junior ranks. Starting with our Harold Matthews squad who were pipped in a Grand Final qualifier to our all-conquering SG Ball team who were crowned National Champions right through to our Holden Cup roster who will be contending for the premiership come Sunday. It certainly would not be unfair to call it a landmark year for the Blue & Gold juniors.
What fans may not realise is that all this recent success is the culmination of five long and hard years of tireless work overhauling and improving the systems and pathways leading to the NRL at Parramatta.
One of the men at the heart of this revolution is Anthony Field, the Recruitment & Retention Manager for the Eels. Field sat down with TCT in the lead up to Sunday’s Holden Cup decider to break down his crucial role at the club.
While he obviously can’t divulge any trade secrets, Anthony takes listeners into the rarely seen world of a rugby league scout. From the inexact science of scouting itself to Brad Arthur’s influence on the junior systems at Parramatta and the ‘secret’ behind the success of our Under 20s this year – Anthony Field speaks passionately about his responsibilities at the Eels.
Heck, there might even be an absolute gem of a genesis story for one of Parramatta’s young stars!
As always we can not thank Anthony enough for taking time out of a huge week to sit down and talk with TCT.