Parramatta look to future with an eye on the past

Contract speculation: It remains unclear at this stage whether Sea Eagles playmaker Kieran Foran will play for Parramatta next season. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Contract speculation: It remains unclear at this stage whether Sea Eagles playmaker Kieran Foran will play for Parramatta next season. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Fresh off the bye, the Parramatta Eels will wear a special heritage jersey for their game against St George IIlawarra on Saturday at Pirtek Stadium.

The Eels launched the jersey on Monday which is a replica of the club's 1986 premiership-winning jersey.

It will be worn in the club's round 16 game and in round 19 for the Men of League Heritage round.

While a return to the glory days might seem a way off for the 14th-placed Eels, the club added another piece of their 2016 puzzle this week.

Sharks fullback Michael Gordon signed with the Eels on a one-year deal for next season.

He fills a void in the No.1 jumper the Eels have failed to fill since Jarryd Hayne's departure.

"Michael is an experienced player and a quality fullback who will bring talent and expertise to our back line, and he deserves the opportunity to be playing in an NRL side," Eels coach Brad Arthur said.

Parramatta bound: Michael Gordon will join the Eels next season. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Parramatta bound: Michael Gordon will join the Eels next season. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

"Not only is he talented on the field, but his leadership will be valuable for the emerging young players in our squad."

Gordon joins high profile recruits Kieran Foran and Beau Scott at the Eels for 2016.

The expected contract extension of Origin winger Will Hopoate will only boost the squad.

As it stands, the Eels 2016 team would look something like this:

1. Michael Gordon

2. John Folau

3. Will Hopoate

4. Brad Takairangi

5. Semi Radradra

6. Corey Norman

7. Kieran Foran

8. Tim Mannah

9. Nathan Peats

10. Junior Paulo

11. Beau Scott

12. Tepai Moeroa

13. Anthony Watmough

For now, the Eels are focused on making a mid-season charge up the ladder. Eels centre Brad Takairangi, who has also re-signed till 2017, said it was key part of the season with three big games against Sydney clubs - St George Illawarra, Wests Tigers and Canterbury - mixed with their second bye.

"It's a big part of the season; we need to just need win games," Takairangi said.

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