Parramatta Eels recruit Darcy Lussick believes the 2013 squad can turn around the club’s waning fortunes. Expectations are high at Parramatta with a new coach in Ricky Stuart and an evolving roster that could challenge for a spot in September.
The club is seemingly hundreds to claim the signature of superstar Israel Folau with the National Rugby League blocking the move so far. With or without Folau, and injury permitting, the Eels have a strong enough seventeen to do some damage.
Parramatta’s forward pack has lacked that intimidation factor in recent history.
At 6 foot 4 and 109 kilograms, Lussick has the ability to fill the role as enforcer. A role every club needs.
The former Manly Sea Eagle has hit the ground running at his new club and says the move out west has been an easy one.
“A lot easier than I thought. The boys have been very welcoming, along with the staff. I’m really enjoying the training so far,” Lussick told FootySocial.
“There is a great feeling in the playing group, everyone wants to play their best and turn the club around and I’m one of them. Exciting times.”
In the short term, coach Stuart has the ability to bring a side together. You know that siege mentality the Des Hasler’s and Geoff Toovey’s spruik constantly?
Lussick is yet to see a difference between Stuart and former coach Toovey.
“They are both very football smart and very passionate about the clubs they are in charge of.”
Stuart has the enigmatic star in Jarryd Hayne, a hardworking pack and some talented outside backs. But the key is Chris Sandow and how the diminutive playmaker reacts to Stuart’s hardline approach.
It’s a fait accompli that Lussick and his colleagues in the engine room will do their job. It’s whether Sandow can steer the ship that will determine Parramatta’s fate.
And what did Lussick think of Folau’s status in sporting purgatory?
“Great player. Great ambassador for rugby league, especially the western suburbs. Disappointing if NRL don’t get him back.”