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The Pirtek Parramatta Eels are proudly supporting Junior League Appreciation Round this week, dedicating our clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs to all the children, parents and volunteers who make the Parramatta District Junior League possible.

Parramatta local junior Mitch Allgood says playing junior footy was a huge part of his life.

"I've still got some of my best friends today that I played junior rugby league with, so it was a very important time of my life," Mitch said.

He hopes to see many of our young talent at ANZ Stadium for this Sunday's clash - with the kids a huge driving force of the NRL.

"If it wasn't for the kids playing now, we wouldn't be able to do what we do today," he said.

"We appreciate there's a lot of work going into it with kids, volunteers and parents driving you around, so thanks for everything."

Fellow local junior Jacob Loko agrees, after visiting the training session of his former club, the All Saints Toongabbie Tigers.

"It was good to come back and see the smiles on their faces, and for them to listen and give them a good word on how to make it into first grade," he said.

"It brings back a lot of memories about where I started from, and it's good to be here and get to know the younger generation coming up."

Chris Sandow, who grew up in the regional Queensland town of Cherbourg says junior league was always a highlight of every week.

"My best memory as a kid was probably enjoying footy with my best mates. You go to school together and then play footy on the weekend," Sandow said.

"Always say thank you to your coaches and your mum and dad for taking you to the game, and thank you to the volunteers; it isn't hard - so just say thank you."

Chrissy says he hopes to see a big crowd of Blue and Gold at Sunday's match.

"Come out and support us - we enjoy playing footy just as much as the kids do, that's why we do it for a living, and hopefully one day you will too."

Click here to find out how you can support the Eels this Sunday and celebrate Juniors Week!
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