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2011 in review - Parramatta Eels
Several of Parramatta's 2011 gains came from so far left of field they hadn't played topflight Rugby League in a while and what resulted was a lot of these buys also not playing much top flight rugby league for Parramatta. From the 12 gains listed above, there were 61 first grade appearances between them in 2011 including outlier McGuire with 21 appearances. With about a dozen 2011 games between them, Walker, Webb and Whauira pulled the curtains on their careers during the season. Joining the transit, Rogers left the club mid season after a handful of first grade games, following the lead of Parra junior Anthony Mitchell who transferred to the Roosters mid season.
The stand out recruit was easily Reni Maitua, who since returning from suspension proved to be a weapon for the Eels. Maitua first came into the first grade side in round 17 named in the number 6 jersey after golden child Daniel Mortimer was given the punt, before moving to his preferred position in the back row. This began a sub transit lounge in the halves positions with coach Kearney experimenting with those positions throughout the latter half of the season. What the transit situation, coupled with annoying injuries and cringe-worthy recruitment meant for the Eels was a mediocre season for Parramatta with plenty of close misses.
The first half of the season saw Parramatta miss an opportunity to stay in touch with the top 8 due to inconsistent performances and experimentation with the line up. Mid-season, Parra finally appeared to have found a winning formula, it unfortunately was not