As they look to make amends for what was a disappointing 2023 campaign, the Parramatta Eels have re-signed Bryce Cartwright and Wiremu Greig.
The re-signings mark the first player movement for the Eels ahead of their 2024 campaign with more expected to come as they have spots to fill.
It was not that long ago that Cartwright’s career seemed to be on the scrapheap before the Eels came knocking.
Since then, Cartwright has found a new lease on life and footy and in his eyes, would not want to be anywhere else right now.
“I never wanted to go anywhere else, I love this club,” Cartwright said.
“I’ve got some really close friends here, I love Brad, and all the coaching staff.”
Cartwright’s form justified the re-signing as Eels General Manager of Football praised the back-rower for his consistency in 2023.
“Bryce has an enormous amount of skill and was one of our most consistent players this season,” O’Neill said.
“We look forward to seeing him continue his great form next year.”
Equally pleased is Greig who had an opportunity to start mid-year when Reagan Campbell-Gillard was injured and he stepped up.
It is those sorts of opportunities that Greig relished and he wants to keep building his own game to become an even better player.
“I’m grateful to the Club for trusting me to step up to the starting side,” Greig said.
“I wanted to use that opportunity to keep building trust and continue to become a better player.”
Wiremu also drew praise from O’Neill for stepping up when they needed him to in the absence of both Campbell-Gillard and Junior Paulo at different stages.
“It has also been exciting to see Wiremu take his game to another level when he stepped up in the front row in the absence of Junior and Reagan this season and displayed a level of leadership beyond his years,” O’Neill said.
“He showed just how hard he is to handle, making a tremendous contribution to the team.”