The Dyldam Parramatta Eels are proud to welcome four Indigenous rugby league players as “temporary members” of the club for the next week, where they’ll spend some time soaking up the atmosphere of an NRL team.
Joshua Benjamin, Roy Smith, Malcolm Congoo and Javarn White come to the Eels as part of the 2014 Festival of Indigenous Rugby League - which unites 16 players with NRL clubs before they play for the First Nations Goannas against the Newcastle Knights.
The Goannas, coached by NSW Blues head coach Laurie Daley, will complete the 2014 Festival of Indigenous Rugby League next weekend.
But first, the boys will spend a week watching our side train and soaking up the experience in Blue and Gold.
The aim of this program is to provide talented Indigenous footballers with the opportunity to see how professional top-level rugby league players train, with the potential for doors to open for some players in the future.
The four boys will join Eels players Willie Tonga, Luke Kelly, Chris Sandow and Ben Jones at the Indigenous Players Camp at the Hunter Valley this weekend, before heading into camp to train with the First Nations Goannas.
Welcome to the Eels - we’re excited to have all four boys at the club, and hope they get the most out of the experience as possible.
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