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They've also predicted the Broncos to make the eight...FOX Footy have predicted Parramatta to win this seasons Premiership. That has all but ended our chances before the season has even started.
EELS TO WIN THE PREMIERSHIP
Ding, dong the witch is dead. The longest NRL premiership drought is set to end in 2022 with the Eels winning their first title since 1986, some 36 years ago.
On paper the Eels have had the least disruption to their squad from last season, even though they have a plethora of stars set to leave the club in 2023.
Reed Mahoney, Marata Niukore, Isaiah Papali’i and Oregon Kaufusi are headed for greener pastures in 2023, while Dylan Brown and Ryan Matterson are no certainties to stay long term.
However every one of these players is on the books for 2022 and so the stars are aligning for one last shot at breaking the premiership hoodoo before the old band breaks up.
Mitchell Moses and Brown are another year into their halves partnership and Clint Gutherson will be supported by Junior Paulo in the captaincy role, which should free him up to get back to his best at fullback.
The biggest issue the Eels have is their lack of wingers with Haze Dunster out for the year and Maika Sivo gone until mid-season, but if they can add Brisbane flyer Jamayne Isaako they should have enough depth to weather the storm until the flying Fijian returns.
No one wants to see another Storm or Roosters Grand Final win so let’s swing for the fences and get long-suffering Parramatta fans dancing in the streets come October.
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