Matt Cameron

When a staff member is with a certain club for such a long period of time, they feel attached to them, but know that when push comes to shove, the time will come in which they have to unfortunately leave.

At the Parramatta Eels, this was today the case – with Matt Cameron, one of the club’s longest serving staff members and current assistant coach set to depart the club this week, to take up a role at the Penrith Panthers.

During his tenure at the Eels, Cameron assumed command of numerous positions over the last 15 years – having coached the side’s Reserve Grade team, Jersey Flegg team, and the Toyota Cup team, between 2004 and 2011.

Cameron’s most recent role was a dual role, that required him to oversee the club’s talented up-and-comers as the Elite Development Manager, which saw him take an active role in running the recently founded Eels Academy – all whilst acting as assistant coach to Stephen Kearney.

Cameron will join the Panthers next week, as the club’s new High Performance Manager.

The Eels organisation is full of praise for Cameron’s work over the years, with coach Kearney paying tribute to what he has brought the club over the last 15 years.

“Matt’s overseen the development of some of this Club’s top players over a long period of time and he has certainly been a big part of the success we’ve had in the past 18 months with the Eels Academy,” Kearney said.

“He’s excited about the opportunity he’s been given and everyone here wishes him well in his new role.”

For Cameron himself, he leaves the club with many memories to remember over his 15-year tenure, and he will always take pride in the fact that he was a part of the club’s promising junior systems, and particularly the recently founded Eels academy.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my 15 years at the Eels and been really fortunate to work with some great people during my time here,” Cameron said.

“Being able to work with senior players like Nathan Hindmarsh and Luke Burt and be involved in the development process of guys like Ben Smith, Tim Mannah and Matt Keating has been a highlight.

“I wish the Club every success going forward.”

By ricky

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