Pirtek Parramatta Eels club captain Tim Mannah says the side has an extra spring in its step leading into tomorrow night's match against the Canberra Raiders, after a much-improved performance against Penrith last week.


Mannah says coach Ricky Stuart is pumped to convert an 80 minute performance into a victory.


"Ricky's vocal every week - he hates losing, he's a competitor and gets us ready each week," he said.


"But I think there's a bit more spring in everyone's step this week, a bit more confidence, and hopefully we can play with that confidence and get a good result."


Tim says the side is eager not to be seen as an "easy beat", despite their position on the ladder.


"A lot of the guys see [the rest of the year] as an opportunity to derail a few seasons, and we want people to see us and think that it's not a easy game."


"It starts each week, but especially for us tomorrow night."


Tim says the away trip to Canberra has been positive, with the players being able to spend some quality time together.


"It's funny, you spend a lot of time with the boys at training, but getting downtime to spent with the boys, does wonders interns of combinations and camaraderie," he said.


Tim says it's an interesting experience to see Ricky Stuart as a hero to the locals in Canberra, after his hugely successful playing stint in the green and white.


"Ricky's like the Queen driving through here, waving his hand," Tim laughed.


"Everyone loves him, and it's cool to see. A lot of us growing up used to be big fans of the Raiders team they had back then, and the success they had."


"It's definitely something for us to aspire to, being a successful club like that."


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