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There is no such thing as an off-season when you love your footy and Sixties and Forty20 are all about that business! With the Parramatta Eels linked recently to a raft of players in both official and speculative capacities, the boys take stock of where the Eels’ recruitment drive has the club positioned heading into the 2021 preseason.
With the club formalising a deal with the mercurial Bryce Cartwright, Sixties offers his thoughts on why he thinks the acquisition of the polarising backrower could potentially be Parramatta’s best signing. Forty20 is more reserved in his assessment of the former Panther and Titan but explores the opportunity cost of signing Cartwright and why the Eels are right to roll the dice.
The duo revisit the club’s three announced recruits in Isaiah Papali’i, Joey Lussick and Tom Opacic, gauging how the fit into first-grade calculations in 2021 before taking shots at how many of the the four players (including Cartwright) could feature in the Round 1 line-up next season.
This week’s podcast is rounded out by some intriguing rumours linking Parramatta to former juniors star Bevan French and Warrior’s utility Nathaniel Roache. Sixties lays out why a reunion with French makes sense for both parties while Forty20 muses on the value and risk that Roache offers.
Closing comments this week feature a quick look at the overhaul of the junior pathways system as the Eels adjust their youth programs in light of the COVID-era. The boys also have some fun well-wishing Clinton Gutherson and Junior Paulo in their upcoming State of Origin debuts and looking at the last time multiple Eels represented NSW…and the answers might surprise you!