This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
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Centre Jacob Loko has today re-signed with the Pirtek Parramatta Eels until the end of the 2015 season.
The talented local junior made his debut for the Parramatta Eels in 2011 as the 729th man to wear the famous blue and gold jersey.
Injury halted Loko's progress in 2011, but his rehabilitation has seen him move back through the NYC Holden Cup ranks in 2012 to return to first-grade, sealing his return to fitness with an invitation to join the 2013 New South Wales 'Emerging Blues' camp in Sydney in January.
Loko takes tips from Blues great Brad Fittler at Coogee Oval in January
20-year-old Loko says his goal was always to continue his footy career with the blue and gold.
"I grew up in Western Sydney and I never ever thought about playing anywhere else," Loko said.
"I am really proud that I played Harold Matthews, SG Ball and NYC for the Eels and now play in the NRL for the team I love. While the results aren’t there yet, under Ricky we have a bright future.”
Pirtek Parramatta Eels CEO Ken Edwards says that Loko's undeniable football skills are only part of what makes him such a valuable signing for the club.
"Jacob is not only a fine player," Edwards said.
"He's a young man who values loyalty and family, and who has made it clear how much he wants to stay a part of Western Sydney and the Parramatta Eels.
"We’re fortunate to have him as part of the Eels family until at least the end of 2015."