With coach Ricky Stuart and recruitment manager Peter Nolan placing a high importance on the retention of young players and local juniors, the re-signings of both Ryan Morgan and Mitchell Allgood is a testament to that, with both agreeing to new 2-year deals at the Parramatta Eels.
Allgood made his first-grade debut back in 2011 with the tall, powerful forward recently notching up his 50th career game, to go with his representative jumper in the City Origin side back in 2012.
Allgood is also a Western Sydney kid through and through, housing strong ties to the Blacktown community.
â€œIâ€™ll be honest I never considered playing anywhere else other than the Eels, this is home to me,” Mitch said.
“I believe in what we are building here at Parramatta both on and off the field and feel very privileged to be a part of it.”
Morgan, one of the Eels many local juniors also made his debut in 2011 and has made 43 appearances to date in the blue and gold with his 50th appearance to come later this year.
Morgan has no plans to play anywhere else, highlighting that his family and friends are here.
â€œI grew up sex live sex in the district and played my way through the junior ranks to eventually make first grade,” Morgan said.
“My family are here, my friends are here and I am living out my dream by representing the Parramatta Eels.”
Eels coach Ricky Stuart is looking at certain players to take the club forward and he believes that both Allgood and Morgan embody what the club is all about.
â€œI have said for some time that we have a plan here at Parramatta and re-signing these 2 players is certainly a big part of that. In my time with the club both Mitch and Ryan have displayed all the things I look for in players â€“ care, desire, passion, and Iâ€™m ecstatic they will remain a part of the Eels family,” Stuart said.
With both Morgan and Allgood proud ambassadors for respective junior clubs in the Parramatta and Blacktown area, Eels CEO Ken Edwards was quick to make mention of it, praising the two for their off-field work.
â€œWhat is most exciting about these young men re-signing with the Eels is that in addition to representing our club so well on the park, they are exemplary off it,â€ says Edwards.