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With the Dyldam Parramatta Eels returning to the football office to start pre-season tomorrow, we took the chance to catch up with new recruit Corey Norman, who joins us in 2014 from the Brisbane Broncos.

Corey says he jumped at the chance to play in the halves in Blue and Gold, and is excited to get stuck into training.

I didnt play in the halves last year, so the opportunity to play in the halves down here was a big factor in [my decision], he said.

Its definitely my favourite [position] - I played fullback this year but Im not a big fan of that, so Id rather be in the halves!

The 22 year old says hes also looking at the switch as a new chapter in his life beginning.

It is a fresh start, there are some fresh faces and being here in Sydney, I cant wait, he said.

Im a pretty laidback guy, pretty cruisy - so the move itself isnt a big thing; Im just looking forward to it and Im excited.

On the Eels side, particularly the back line for 2014, Corey says hes keen to hit the field with such starring names.

I think its a pretty good back line to be honest! Jarryd Hayne, Will Hopoate, Willie Tonga, theyre very good players, he said.

Obviously Jarryd - hes a big name in the game and a chance to play with him is exciting.

With new Head Coach Brad Arthur now in charge, Corey says hes looking forward to the club having much more success on the park than in the last few years.

With all these new faces coming in and a solid preseason under everyones belts, I think thats a chance, he said.

Ive got confidence in everything I do, and weve got to have that confidence [as a team].

Hopefully I bring a bit of direction, hopefully I can steer the team around well, and Im pretty easy going, and pretty funny too I think, so hopefully I can give a laugh to the boys!

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