THERE is no doubt that the last 2 seasons have been a major disappointment for the Parramatta Eels. In 2001 they were statistically one of the greatest sides in the history of the game, breaking all sorts of records. They lost only four round games that season and looked set to record their first premiership since 1986 only to be defeated at the last hurdle going down 30-24 to Newcastle. This led many to believe a ?decade of dominance? would follow however the flowing year they finished sixth in the regular season before being eliminated from the finals in the first week. In 2003 the Eels woes further continued, failing to qualify for the finals something a Brian Smith coached Eels side had never previously done. Of course there were reasons for the struggle. Massive injury tolls as well as the effects of the salary cap have all played their part. But despite this the Eels on paper still have a very talented side and should have performed much better than they did.
SOON to be Parramatta Eels player Chris Thorman says he will be living a dream when he eventually comes to Australia to play in the NRL next season. Thorman , who had the unique reputation for being the only Geordie player in the English Super League this season will be leaving England in the next few weeks to join the Eels in their pre season training. However, the 23 year, who played for the London Broncos this season has told a Newcastle Newspaper that he was shocked when first approached by the Eels.