Edwards confident in Eels rebuild

Dyldam Parramatta Eels lock Kenny Edwards says he’s confident in what is being built at the club, with the playing group taking a positive feeling away from their season opening win. 

Edwards, who played his first NRL game in the starting side after making his debut off the bench in 2013, says it’s now about building momentum against a tough Sydney Roosters side. 

“The confidence I’ve got out of the weekend was massive for me, to start that game and get the win and get it out of the way was good for my confidence, but not just that, the team’s confidence too,” the 24 year old said. 

“There is something growing here - I was talking to the boys this morning and we couldn’t believe the feeling we had out there as a group.”

But Edwards says the team and coaching staff aren’t getting carried away with just one win, and have plenty more to prove. 

“Obviously we had a good win, but we haven’t gone into it too much, because of how we started last year and how it ended up, but we just want to work hard for each other,” he said. 

“[We just want to] turn up the same way we did last week.”

The task ahead is the defending Premiers, who, despite losing star play Sonny Bill Williams to suspension this week, still have plenty of star players on their side. 

“They are a quality side and they showed that all year last year, but we’re up to the challenge and we can’t wait for it,” Edwards said. 

“Sonny is a class player and would have been a genuine player to mark and mark up on, but we’re more worried about what we have to do.”

Edwards will have the chance to take on his former teammate in Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves this Saturday night - a challenge he’s looking forward to. 

“Jared is one of my good mates, I was with him at Manly, so I can’t wait to play those boys and work hard with my teammates,” he said. 

“We’re [keen to look] forward to what we have to do and not worry about them and who they’ve got.”

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