Matt Geyer

Fresh off a come-from-behind victory against the Cronulla Sharks, the Parramatta Eels have received support from someone that their coach Stephen Kearney knows well, Matt Geyer.

Geyer, who was a former utility for the Melbourne Storm, was a team-mate of Kearney’s for 6 years, before he played under Kearney, who became Bellamy’s assistant coach once he retired.

Jumping to the defence of his friend’s football side, Geyer said that he was impressed with the way the Eels played against the Sharks, and can see them building towards something special, in the next 18 months.

“I really believe that what we saw against Cronulla the other night was just the start of things to come,” Geyer said.

“I know Stephen intimately and he is a very good coach. I played under him for, what… four years? He basically coached himself when he was playing too – he was so big on analysis and things like that.

“I think it’s a case of if he can’t do it, no-one can. But he has got a couple of really good kids there. Jacob Loko, he’ll be back next year and they’ve got some good back-rowers. Cheyse Blair looks good, too.”

Geyer also made mention of the way that Jarryd Hayne is performing, warning other sides that they will need to look over their shoulder and constantly watch out for him.

“It’s a scary thing,” he said. “Chris Sandow is a very enigmatic player as well – he just needs some confidence. Some clubs don’t have a player like that in 10 years – they’ve got two of them!

“They just need to keep picking up the odd win and they’ll get a lot better from there. At the moment they’ve got these young kids coming in from the -20s and they don’t expect to win, but that’s what Stephen is trying to do: get that self-belief.”

By ricky

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