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Parramatta Eels Coaching Staff



Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Assistant Coach: Peter Gentle

Assistant Coach: Steve Murphy

Chief Medical Officer: Dr Louis Shidiak MBBS FRACS (Orth) FAOA B. Appl. Sc. (Physio) 

Contact Coach: Brett O’Farrell

Head Trainer: Craig Sultana

Assistant NRL Strength and Conditioning Coach and NYC Head of Strength and Conditioning: Nathan Beutel

Video Analyst: Craig Crossman

NSW Cup Head Coach and Development Coach: Nathan Cayless

Under 20s Head Coach: Luke Burt


Head Coach - Brad Arthur

Dyldam Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur took the reins at the Blue and Gold in 2014, joining the club from the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles where he worked as assistant coach to Goeff Toovey. Arthur also previously worked as an assistant coach at the Eels (2011-2012) and the Melbourne Storm (2010), and Under 20s Head Coach at the Storm from 2008-2009, coaching the Holden Cup to a premiership in 2009.

Arthur was a local junior, playing SG Ball and Under 21s, and also served as captain-coach at Cairns Brothers from 1999-2006, before heading to Victoria. 

Assistant Coach - Peter Gentle

Peter Gentle joined the Blue and Gold ahead of the 2014 season, following six years as an assistant at the Wests Tigers and two years as Head Coach at Hull FC in England.

Assistant Coach - Steve Murphy

Originally a Western Sydney local, Steve Murphy joined the Eels ahead of the 2014 season from the Gold Coast Titans, where he was assistant coach to John Cartwright for seven years. 

Chief Medical Officer - Dr. Louis Shidiak MBBS FRACS (Orth) FAOA B. Appl. Sc. (Physio)

Dr Louis Shidiak is an orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty interests in hip and knee arthroplasty (anterior hips), hip preservation and sports injuries including hip arthroscopy. Dr Shidiak has also been the doctor to the Parramatta and Wentworthville Rugby League clubs.

Contact Coach – Brett O’Farrell

Brett O’Farrell is a former NRL player for the Melbourne Storm, Wests Tigers and Cronulla Sharks, and champion Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Freestyle Wrestling competitor. O’Farrell’s specialty is coaching defensive and offensive contact for athletes in rugby league, rugby union and AFL. He joins the coaching staff for the 2016 season onwards.

Head Trainer – Craig Sultana

Craig Sultana joins the Blue and Gold from his role as Head Trainer at the Melbourne Storm. Sultana joined the Storm in 2006, working with the club’s Premiership-winning Holden Cup side in 2009, and has also worked as a trainer for representative sides including the Junior Kangaroos.

Assistant NRL Strength and Conditioning Coach and NYC Head of Strength and Conditioning – Nathan Beutel

Nathan Beutel joined the Blue and Gold ahed of the 2014 season, having previously worked as strength and conditioning coach for the Norths Devils Rugby League, and NYC strength coach at the Brisbane Broncos. 

NSW Cup Coach – Joey Grima

Joey Grima returns to Parramatta ahead of the 2016 season from London, where he was head coach of the London Broncos in the Super League. Grima has a long-standing relationship with the Parramatta Eels, including coaching at District Representative, Under 20s and Premier League level. Grima has also worked as an assistant coach at Cronulla and St George-Illawarra.

Midway through the 2016 season due to health reasons, Joey Grima took a step back from coaching the Eels' NSW Cup side, and was replaced by new appointment, Nathan Cayless.

Under 20s Coach – Luke Burt

Former Parramatta Eels winger Luke Burt steps into the role of Holden Cup Head Coach for 2016 after two years working as a specialist outside backs coach for the NRL squad. Burt played 264 NRL games for the Blue and Gold, and holds the record of most tries scored for the club, 124 in total.

Video Analyst – Craig Crossman

Craig Crossman joins the Parramatta Eels coaching staff in 2016 from the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, having also worked in video analysis for the Wests Tigers and sports statistics at NRL Stats.