Darcy Lussick

The fans have been anxiously waiting for some signing news, and they finally have it – with the Parramatta Eels announcing that Manly forward Darcy Lussick has signed a 3-year deal with the club, to begin in 2013.

The 22-year old, who can play in both the front and back-row, said that whilst he attracted interest from other NRL teams, it was the program set in place as well as future recruitment strategies at the Eels, that prompted him to join the club.

A telling factor in the signing, was the chance to play in the same team as his younger brother Joey, who is a member of the Eels SG Ball side.

“I was really impressed with the plan Steve Kearney and Peter Nolan have in place to turn the Eels around and I’m excited to be part of it,” Lussick said.

“For me it was tough to leave Manly because I’ve loved every minute of my footy there and I am grateful for everything they’ve done for me.

“But from what I’ve seen at Parramatta I think I’ll enjoy my footy there and although they aren’t getting the best of results at the moment, I think there’s some really good times ahead for the Eels.

“We’re a close family and for me and Joey to be playing at the same club is also a great bonus… hopefully one day we can both be playing first grade for the Eels.

“For me, all I want to do now is focus on playing my best football for Manly and finish this season on a high.”

For Eels coach Stephen Kearney, he sees the signing of Lussick as a positive one for the club, as well as a glowing endorsement for the club’s long-term plans.

“Results on the field have been tough to come by this year but what’s positive for us is a young man like Darcy Lussick, who had the opportunity to play at a number of other NRL Clubs, has chosen to come here and is genuinely excited about what we’re doing here,” Kearney said.

“He’s a young player with plenty of ability and we’re looking forward to having him on board from the 2013 season onwards.”

By ricky

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