Tim Mannah: We're Here for Ricky

Club Captain Tim Mannah says the Parramatta playing group is focussed on doing its job for the Eels for the rest of the season following the announcement that a group of players would be leaving at the end of 2013.


And for the senior players, that includes being available to provide feedback to head coach Ricky Stuart, who, along with club CEO Ken Edwards and Chairman Steve Sharp, made the announcement to players at a Wednesday team meeting prior to round 13 of the NRL season.


"As a player, it's not our choice or our decision to make," Mannah said.


"The industry we're in - as athletes - you're not always guaranteed your spot in the team every year."


"We just have to make sure we turn up each day with the right attitude and train as best we can."


"I'll leave it to the coaching staff to talk about how it was handled, but that's the way they decided to do it."


"It's probably been a bit blown out in the media, [Ricky] definitely grabbed a few of the senior boys privately [to break the news]."


"If Ricky wants to have a chat, Jarryd and I would definitely be happy to talk to him, but in terms of what Ricky needs to do, he's very experienced and he's been a coach for a long time.


"I don't think he needs anyone to tell him how to coach, but if he needs to bounce ideas of any of the senior boys we're definitely here and happy to talk."