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The Dyldam Parramatta Eels are proud to announce the signing of former Tigers, Dragons and Sea Eagles forward David Gower on a one-year deal for 2014.

Gower comes to the club fresh from playing in a Grand Final with Manly, where he was called into the squad following an injury to Richard Faaso.

I was lucky enough to play in the Grand Final last season and playing with such an experienced team at Manly is something I am very grateful for. Hopefully I can bring some of those positives to Parramatta, Gower said.

The move west was inevitably a simple decision for the 28 year-old, who also had a stint playing for the Salford Reds in the UK Super League in 2006 and 2007. Gower turned down a two-year deal in England to link with the Eels in 2014.

I had a few options overseas but this came up and I am taking it as a real opportunity. I am really excited about turning up to training on Monday ready to rip in with the boys," he said.

My wife and I grew up out west so moving back is not too different for me."

"My wife and four-month-old daughter Amelia will be moving to the Baulkham Hills area as we have some family there, and hopefully settling long term.

The competition for spots in the Blue and Gold front row is shaping as a fierce one, with Gower the latest addition to the clubs big men, which includes Tim Mannah, Fuifui Moimoi, Mitchell Allgood, Darcy Lussick and new signing, English international Lee Mossop.

My major goal is to secure a spot in the 17, but that will not be a walk in the park. There is some great competition for spots at the Eels right now and I am going to have to prove myself starting Monday.

Monday, November 18 will be Gowers first day training with the Eels, where he will once again get the opportunity to link with Head Coach Brad Arthur, who he trained under last season with the Sea Eagles.

Obviously I worked with Brad at Manly and am really looking forward to reuniting with him at Parramatta as the Head Coach. I got on well with him because he was always straight up and honest and took time to show me the little things I could do to improve my game.

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