Parramatta Eels v Penrith Panthers, Paul Crawley, NRL360, Brad Arthur, Clint Gutherson, contracts, Dylan Brown, Junior Paulo

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Senior Every day Telegraph journalist Paul Crawley has warned that the Parramatta Eels might be set for a turbulent summer season if their finals goals are ended by the Penrith Panthers.

The 2 sides meet on Saturday evening in a sudden-death finals conflict after Penrith have been shocked by South Sydney.

The Eels did just enough to get past a dogged Newcastle outfit on Sunday.

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However talking on NRL360 on Fox League, Crawley mentioned that wasn’t sufficient and warned of an intense fallout if the Eels didn’t make their well beyond the Panthers.

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“Return to the beginning of the yr,” Crawley mentioned. “Would the move mark have been beating Newcastle in week one of many finals or advancing by week two?

“Previous to this yr Brad Arthur had a document of six finals appearances with one win – over the Broncos in 2019.

“In the event that they fall at this hurdle this weekend then I believe it has the potential to explode on the Eels within the low season.”

Crawley went on to allude to the actual fact half the Eels squad was coming off contract subsequent yr.

There are plenty of totally different points that should be addressed. Brad Arthur’s relationship with (soccer supervisor) Mark O’Neill is one. Clint Gutherson’s contract going ahead, they’ve received three back-rowers (Marata Niukore, Ryan Matterson and Isaiah Papali’i) who come off contract subsequent season.


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“Dylan Brown is off contract and golf equipment are lining up for Dylan Brown.

“Brad has his son (Jake Arthur) coming by on the membership who, if Dylan is chasing marquee cash, is likely to be the reply.

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“There are all these questions, and in the event that they don’t undergo this week I’ve little doubt it’ll blow up into a much bigger situation.”

Crawley did nevertheless admit that beating the Panthers was not past the realms of risk.

“There have been issues to love about their sport on the weekend,” he added.

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“They leaked too many factors, but when they don’t repair the correct edge in opposition to Penrith they’ll get smashed.

“The way in which the forwards carried out, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Junior Paulo, Ray Stone, these guys have been monumental.

“Mitchell Moses had an exquisite sport. However doing that in opposition to the Knights is one factor, however they’ve received to do it in opposition to the Panthers.

“They’ve executed it in opposition to Melbourne, however that is Brad’s job to get them up for this week.”

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