This week is Men of League Heritage Round where the game as a whole celebrates the contribution of those who have gone before us on the field, in administration and in the grandstands.
While our game against the Titans is not an official fixture to celebrate the round, it is a timely reminder to acknowledge the efforts of our past heroes.
This season we adopted the slogan of Proud History, New Beginning. With a new head coach in Ricky Stuart and new management moving into Eels HQ, it was important that we not just remember our proud history, but celebrate it.
It is no secret times have been tough on the field in recent times, but behind that blue and gold jersey exist years of uncompromising success.
There is the blood and sweat of Ray Price, one of the toughest to take the field for Parramatta. There is the brilliance of Brett Kenny and the class of Peter Sterling. There is the passion and professionalism of Nathan Cayless, our longest serving captain, all of which make up the fabric of this club.
Whether they played one game or 300, ran the water or the sin bin, were the timekeeper or the ball boy once a member of the Eels Family means always a member of the Eels family.
That family also encompasses the men, women and children who take to our field as members, those who cheer, watch, listen and volunteer and those who invest in the Eels. We are dedicated to re-connecting with our family, and celebrating those that forged the path for our past success.
Those of you asking if the Pirtek Parramatta Eels will be wearing a heritage jersey this season, the answer is yes, just not this weekend. We are planning something for later in the year so keep up to date by visiting our website.
Whether you are at home or on the Gold Coast this weekend for our clash with the Titans cheer loudly, cheer proudly and most importantly GO PARRA.