As an NRL player, Eels prop Justin Poore has had his ups and downs throughout his career – but none more so than the constant talk and rumour that he is headed out of the Eels mid-season, due to his being unhappy at the club.
Despite all the speculation however, Poore, who is linked to both Newcastle and Canberra, has denied that he is set for a mid-season release.
“Definitely not mate, I’m committed to Parramatta Eels for the rest of the year and I’m sure I’ll be staying here,” Poore said.
So, does the former NSW Origin rep and one of the team’s most consistent forwards this season want to stay in the Blue and Gold?
“Definitely. I love the Club, and I’ve spoken to Steve about it, and he’s told me to concentrate on footy and the more I do that the better I play.
“I can be a bit of a stress-head, and he knows that, so I do my thing and he does his thing, and as long as I’m playing good football I’m a happy man.”
With many believing that the Eels need a major clean-out in order to improve, Poore does not believe that the club needs one.
“I’m hearing a lot of this – no I don’t,” Poore replied.
“If you went and sat down with every bloke, you would be so impressed with their character, their attitude – clubs just go through tough times and we’re going through it at the moment.
“We’ve got such a good bunch of blokes here that I’m proud to say I play for the Parramatta Eels because I know what sort of blokes they are.
“The results aren’t there, I know, but it’s not through lack of trying. We’ve seen what we do on the field – we just have to create points and win games, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Poore, who has been criticised in the past for a lack of form, particularly in patches throughout 2010 and early 2012, said that he is slowly getting back towards the level that saw him earn an Origin jersey.
“Obviously coming off an injury last year that had my head in a pretty bad space, I’m happy the way I’m going and the coach is happy the way I’m going, so hopefully I can just keep doing my job and we can get a few more wins up.”
“You go through ups and downs in football – you’re going to go through a lot more downs than ups, and you have to make the most of it.”