We're proud to wear the Eels jersey: Tim Mannah
Monday 6 May 2013 11:30 AM
The Pirtek Parramatta Eels were straight into recovery this morning after our narrow loss to the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night.
We caught up with Tim Mannah at Parramatta Pools this morning, and our club captain says despite the result, the team's effort has boosted everyone's morale.
"Ricky's support on the weekend was really encouraging and he was proud of our performance." Mannah said.
"And as a leader I was very proud of the boys' performance as well; they had a lot of pride in the way they played."
"So for us it's about coming up with the right attitude every week. And if we can do that, it'll go a long way to is being a better footy team."
VIDEO: "Tim's what we'll build this club on" - See Ricky Stuart and Tim Mannah's press conference from the game against the Cowboys.
Tim says the way the debutants Kaysa Pritchard and Peni Terepo lifted the team was also an encouraging sign for the future.
"I thought the young guys were awesome - they brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the team and gave us a lift," he said.
"As one of the older players, that's great to see, and it's one of Ricky Stuart's real strengths - giving the younger players confidence and belief to go out there and do their job."
Despite suffering what looked like a serious ankle injury in Round 7 against the Panthers - Tim was able to take the field for the Blue and Gold just five days later.
"It was probably the best case scenario and I had a lot of guys praying for me and I think that helped," he said.
"Structurally it was fine, there was a bit of damage there but nothing that could have structurally ruined it so i was happy to take the field."
"It's a bit sore today but we've got a great medical staff here and they did a lot of hours on me last week so hopefully we can sort it out again to play on Saturday night."
The boys will now begin their preparation for Saturday night's Round 9 match against the Brisbane Broncos, which includes a two-day intensive training camp in Kiama.
"As cliche as it sounds, we red to focus on our next game and that starts today - preparing and recovering and then showing up at training tomorrow with a positive attitude," Mannah said.
"We've got the Broncos at home on Saturday night and they're going really well so it's about focusing on what we can improve."
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