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The Pirtek Parramatta Eels have today re-signed forward Ken Edwards for an additional two years.

The young second-rower and lock has extended his deal with the blue and gold until the end of 2015, and hopes to sidestep the salary cap hurdles that have kept him out of first-grade in the 2013 season.

"It's been frustrating with the second tier salary cap, knowing that I can't play," Edwards said.

"But Parramatta's put a lot of faith in me for signing me for another two years, and I want to repay them for that."

Edwards has taken Head Coach Ricky Stuart's words to heart and continued working towards his goals for the 2014 season.

The contract extension means Edwards will have the chance to train and play with two of his good mates, Corey Norman and Will Hopoate.

"Ricky told me to keep my head up and play well because I was playing for a contract for the next year," Edwards said.

"I was lucky to be picked up for another two, so it's great."

"Next year will be exciting: I know Will Hopoate well from playing with him at Manly, and I went to school with Corey Norman on the Gold Coast."

"It'll be exciting with the new boys coming along; obviously we haven't had a good year this year but there's only one way to go and that's up."

"Corey sent me a Facebook message about a month ago to ask if I was on the roster for next year - and at the time I didn't know - so I can't wait to get him down to play."

"I'm really looking forward to playing with him next year."
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