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Sixties and Forty20 smash the monotony of the off-season this week with a massive sit-down interview with Parramatta Eels’ General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill. Recorded from the heart of the Eels’ growing home at Kellyville, the boys talk turkey with O’Neill for a full hour.
Mark O’Neill walks TCT through his long journey to eventually arrive at the Eels, explaining exactly what his role encompasses and how the surprising magnitude of the club’s reach has reshaped his approach at times.
The 2020 season is then put up on the carving block as the trio discuss Parramatta’s recent success – as well as their stumbles in the finals – and address the recent media-talk about internal dissatisfaction at the club regarding their exit from the postseason.
Roster talk is the focus of the conversation in the home stretch as everything from the status of Michael Jennings, the recent bolstering of the Top 30 with external talent and the developments of Haze Dunster and Sam Hughes get a run.
Finally the show wraps up with O’Neill explaining the recent changes to Parramatta’s junior systems and just exactly what that entails for junior scouting and development moving forwards.
For those who appreciate a podcast menu, you can use the following time breakdown to guide your listening pleasure:
4:20 – GM Role
8:10 – Mark’s path to the Eels & the challenges & attractions
19:30 – Reflecting on 2020
30:10 – Michael Jennings process & that day
36:50 – New recruits
41:30 – External & local player development
47:20 – Lower grades and Parra Pathways
57:30 – Preseason dates