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Dyldam Parramatta Eels 2014 recruit Nathan Peats says hes excited about joining the Blue and Gold, after making the toughest decision of his career in leaving South Sydney.

Peats has signed a three year deal with the Eels, and with pre-season training getting into full sawing on Monday, he says hes proud to be at our club.

It was definitely the hardest decision of my life, being a Souths junior and living right around the corner, but in saying that I needed a better opportunity, he said.

And to better my career and really kick start it again I thought itd be better off to come here and have a big year next year.

Nathan says hes now had a chance to meet the players, who have welcomed him into the fold.

I knew a few of them before I came out here, and everyones been really good and accepted me in here which is good, he said.

[Weve only had] a few testing things the last few days but I look forward to Monday.

After a 37 degree day in Sydney yesterday, Peats says the Western Sydney heat will be the first hurdle to overcome!

I enjoy [pre-season], being back at training full-time and training with the boys, but I think the heat is going to be a factor - by the time I got home it was 10 degrees hotter here!

So getting used to that, itll definitely be a tough challenge.

After having met our Head Coach Brad Arthur, Nathan says he cant wait to get stuck into his footy.

I actually met [Brad] twice in Bali when I was over there on holidays - lucky I was sober the first time I bumped into him!

Then on Monday I caught up with him and had a good half hour chat or so, nothing too major, just how training is going to be.

But I dont want to get into that too much, Ive go to earn my stripes first, train hard and earn the respect of the boys and coaching staff, and then go from there.

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