Hindmarsh says Eels will need time to gel

He made a fantastic run in their trial game against the Tigers, but Eels captain Nathan Hindmarsh has said that the Eels team will need time to gel completely with their new recruits.

He said that the Eels would approach their first round game against the New Zealand Warriors with no set style of play, as they look to gel, and adapt to the conditions at hand.

Hindmarsh has said that it might take about 6 weeks for the Eels to find their mojo, but expects the Eels to challenge in every game despite all that.

“We’re not going to know until after the first game against the Warriors”, says Hindmarsh

“We’ve proved nothing yet. Until we’ve actually played some comp games, we really can’t see where we’re heading.”

Hindmarsh says that their last trial game against the Panthers would provide the best indication as to where they are at, and he says that the Eels have not placed any added expectations on themselves.

“We said at the start of pre-season to train as hard as we can,” he said.

“We haven’t really thought about where we’re going to be heading once the comp starts.

“There’s no ‘we’re going to be top four or we’re going to be top eight’.

“We’re just going to try and work as hard as we can, wait for the first round and just see where we go from there.”

For the Eels, they want to ensure that their structure is better this year, after last year, they seemed a bit too reliant on offloads, and ad-lib football.

“Until we actually get into the comp and probably play half a dozen games, it’s a bit hard to see what style we’ll play,” he said.

“Things change from trial games to comp games.”

He also said that all of the Eels players have to work together and play good footy to take the pressure off star fullback Jarryd Hayne in 2011.

“It’s a job everyone has to do, not just a certain few,” he said.

“Everyone has to lift this year and take a bit of the workload off Haynesie.”

Hindmarsh has also praised new recruit Carl Webb, who is training the house down, and he believes that Webb will be an x-factor for the Eels this year.

“I remember playing against him when he was fit and ready to go. I didn’t want to tackle him,” Hindmarsh said.

“He’s got great footwork for a big guy, he’s got a big fend and he knows how to offload, so he’s a very dangerous player.

“He played for his state and country, so he knows what he’s doing and hopefully he can do it for us.”

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