Mitchell Moses is the man to lead the Eels this season but he’ll have to overcome this worrying stat.
The Eels have the talent to break their long premiership drought – but can they finally put it all together when the pressure is on?
RECRUITMENT: Plenty of traffic in and out over a busy summer, with Isaiah Papali’i and Nathaniel Roache (both Warriors) and Keegan Hipgrave (Titans) adding more muscle up front.
STRENGTHS: Plenty of depth and a strong forward pack, mixed with strike power out wide. Strong top four contenders again.
WEAKNESSES: The Eels have been thereabouts plenty of times in recent seasons, but seem to lack the self belief in the big end-of-season games. Last year, for example, they started well but then scored a mere 28 tries in the final 10 regular-season matches, the second worst record in the league.
MAN UNDER PRESSURE: If the Eels are to win their first comp since 1986, Mitchell Moses is the man to lead them to the promised land. He plays brilliantly against the poor sides – he needs to lift against the Eels’ title contenders.
ONE TO WATCH: Signing Bryce Cartwright was a gamble by Brad Arthur – but it may just pay off. A genuine talent on his day, he has had a couple of poor seasons but could be a bargain buy.
WHAT THE BOOKIES SAY: To win comp $13, to make finals $1.67 (via Sportsbet) WHAT MOLEY SAYS: With the Roosters on the downward slide and Cam Smith leaving the Storm, the Eels will never get a better chance to win their fifth title.