Foran to co-captain Eels alongside Mannah


Tim Mannah and Kieran Foran will captain the Parramatta Eels for the upcoming National Rugby League season.

Mannah was sole captain last year but will now share the workload with new boy Foran, who arrived from the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the off-season, which he believes will lighten his workload and share the burden of leading the side.

"The one thing I have learnt about captaincy over the years, is there is a lot on your plate, and it will be nice to share the load with Kieran and not overload someone with all the responsibility. " Mannah said.

"Kieran is a smart, 80-minute player, and definitely a player that will lead with his actions.

"It's good to have him there calling the shots on the field, and I will be relieving him with pressure off the field as club captain."

The Eels finished 12th on the table last season after winning just nine of their 24 games, but Mannah hoped that the shared responsibility would help the club to improve on that in 2016.

Foran will take on the role of team captain, responsible for on-field matters, while Mannah will be the club captain.

"We are very fortunate as a club to have someone like Kieran in our team. If you looked around at the clubs last year and had your pick of any player from any club, he would definitely be a lot of people's top picks," Mannah said of Foran.

"His role is going to be a lot of the on-field stuff and he is going to make all the on-field decisions where my role is going to be similar to what I had with Jarryd a couple years ago where I handle all the off-field stuff and take a lot of pressure off him in terms of media and corporate commitments.

"That suits me and having him as on-field captain suits him in the team as well."

The Eels take on the Penrith Panthers in their final pre-season hit out before the Parramatta side kicks off its campaign against the Brisbane Broncos on March 3.