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Dyldam Parramatta Eels club captain Tim Mannah says even though its a hard slog, hes looking forward to getting back in shape with pre-season kicking off today.

Joined by new and old teammates alike, Mannah says its a great way to start afresh preparing for 2014.

There are a lot of tough parts of pre-season training, but its one of the enjoyable parts of the year too, Mannah said.

You can work on your game, and a lot of the guys are getting bigger, stronger, faster - whatever it is you need to get done, now is the time to do it.

So weve got a lot of goals individually and have to work as hard as we can to achieve them.

New Head Coach Brad Arthur was calling the shots on the field for the first time - another addition to the Blue and Gold who Tim says will be positive.

Im really excited to have Brad on board, hes got a real spring in his step thats really infectious; everyones buying into his attitude and his vibes that hes given us, he said.

Its all very positive, and weve also got a new young CEO whos doing a great job, so with all the new faces, theres a good vibe around the club.

It was the first chance for Tim to run alongside new 2014 recruits Corey Norman, Nathan Peats, Justin Hunt and Liam Foran, as well as all the familiar Eels faces from 2013.

All of the new players excite me, I cant single one out because theyre all great talents, and they all bring something to the team thats really unique, he said.

So there is lots of new talent but also guys from last year putting pressure on for spots, which is what we want - that pressure brings out the best in people.

And despite the bad weather, Tim says it wouldnt put a dampener on their spirits.

Whether its 40 degrees Celsius or pouring down with rain, were excited - and were not going to let the weather change that!

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