Two local Parramatta juniors in Tim Mannah and Matthew Keating have re-signed with the Parramatta Eels until 2014 and 2013 respectively.

The announcement, which was made at tonight’s Gala Ball Season Launch, celebrated 30 years since the Eels won their first premiership in 1981.

Both Keating and Mannah are local products of the Parramatta system, and have been nurtured by the club, with both debuting at young ages.

Mannah, 23, was a Guildford Owls junior, and he wants to be part of what he sees as a potential dynasty with the Eels, hence his re-signing for three years with the club.

“I love the place,” Mannah says of the Eels. “I feel like it’s the start of a new chapter in the Club’s history.

“It’s like a second home for me here. From the players, to the coaching staff, to the people in the office and our sponsors and Members, it’s all made me feel really comfortable about playing here.”

Keating, who is a Cabramatta junior, is also looking forward to being a part of the Eels future, and the appointment of new coach Stephen Kearney was a telling factor in his decision to remain with the club.

“I’m a local junior so I’m happy to stay and I’m excited to be working with Steve,” Keating says.

“We have a good core of players and we’re hoping to be around for a few years. We feel like there’s something to build on.”

Kearney believes that both Mannah and Keating will be important parts of the Eels key to success in the future.

“I think they are two important signings and we have a definite plan of where we want to be as a footy club and they are a big part of that,” Kearney says.

“They are both local juniors and quality players that are a big part of the Club’s future and it was a priority to have them remain as part of the Club.”

By ricky

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