Ben Roberts signs with the Eels

After much conjecture over his signature, Bulldogs five-eighth Ben Roberts has made the move to arch rivals the Parramatta Eels official, and signed a 2-year deal with the club.

The signing of Roberts comes after the Eels also secured Rabbitohs halfback Chris Sandow for the 2012 season and beyond.

For Eels coach Stephen Kearney, he sees the experienced pivot as providing solid depth for the Eels club, as well to their pool of talent.

“Ben’s played at international level and while he’s had a hard run with injuries recently, we know his potential,” Kearney said.

“We’re looking forward to having him with us next year and being a part of what we’re building here.”

Roberts himself is excited to be joining the Eels, and looks forward to his tenure with the club.

“I’m happy to have my future sorted and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my career,” Roberts said.

“I’m really excited to be playing under Steve next year and want to thank the Bulldogs for everything they’ve done for me for the past six years.”

After the club coming under much criticism for their recruitment, Eels CEO Paul Osborne says that this is a step in the right direction as the Eels build towards forming a premiership-winning side.

“We’re building towards something big here and to sign someone of Ben’s calibre is another great sign of the direction we’re heading,” Osborne said.

“Ben has plenty of experience that will add a lot to our club and I know he’s excited about the opportunity to play under Steve Kearney.”

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