The Parramatta Eels have, surprisingly, been one of the most consistent sides since 2019. They are the only side to remain in the top eight since round one of that season.
It’s one of those stats that’s both impressive and irrelevant given the way they have finished all of those seasons.
Throughout his tenure at the Eels, Brad Arthur has always sought to make inroads early with his starting forward pack and use that dominance to allow his backline to do its thing.
History beckons for the Parramatta Eels as they head into a preliminary final against the heavily favoured North Queensland Cowboys.
Recalling a legendary player or former coach is often tempting for a club trying to recapture former glory. But rarely does it work, and often it tarnishes the coach’s legacy.
Harry Grant has filled the Melbourne Storm boots of Cameron Smith and seems to be taking the hooking position to the next level.