Debuting slightly later than most, Brendan Hands has grabbed the opportunity in first-grade with open arms as the Parramatta Eels keep him on board until the end of 2025.
Making his club debut in round four of this season, Hands made an immediate impression and he is excited to continue playing at the club alongside this crop of players.
“I’m stoked to extend my stay here at the Eels, I’ve really bonded with the boys and it’s been exciting playing alongside them,” said Hands.
“I’ve only got a couple of games to my name but I’m enjoying finding my way into the team.”
Hands has credited fellow Eels hooker Josh Hodgson has a key figure in his development to become an even better player.
“Josh Hodgson has been really helpful with passing on his knowledge to me and is really helping me develop my game,” Hands continued.
“It’s a privilege to be working with such an experienced hooker.”
Eels General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill knows that Hands will be a valuable member of the team in the coming years.
“Brendan adds depth to the spine and brings plenty of versatility to our team,” said O’Neill.
“He has been impressive in his first three games of NRL and we look forward to watching his game develop over the coming years.”
Hands joined the Eels at 23, having played his junior footy and all other levels during his time at the Penrith Panthers.