Talented Eels prospect named for New Zealand

Exciting Parramatta Eels future prospect Erin Clark has played in the New Zealand Residents Under 16s side, which lost to the Queensland Junior Academy side at Toll Stadium, Whangarei.


16 year old Clark is also a surprise inclusion in the New Zealand Under 17s Merit side, where he will play a year up.


In 2013 the Auckland resident was part of the Akarana Falcons side that narrowly lost the New Zealand National Final of the Mark Graham Cup.




Erin has been on the Parramatta Eels radar as a talented halfback/five-eighth for several months, after being scouted and attending a training camp at the end of 2012.


Erin came out of the camp and really impressed us - his attitude was great, hes got a great work ethic and hes got plenty of potential, Craig Wilson from Parramatta Eels Player Development department said.


Him being selected in the 17s side was a great reward for him based on his form throughout the 17s National Competition this year.


Being selected a year young reflects his talent and commitment, all the things we noticed from the start.


Erin will finish his remaining school years in New Zealand before crossing the ditch to Parramatta where he will continue his development in our football system here.


Erin is from a famous sporting heritage in New Zealand; his mother Temepara Bailey (ne George) played 89 tests with the NZ netball team, the Silver Ferns, including their 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medals.


Congratulations on your achievements Erin - we look forward to having you here with us in Blue and Gold!