Dyldam Parramatta Eels utility Joseph Paulo admits even he forgot about his milestone from last weekend – his 50th game wearing Blue and Gold.
Bringing his total games played to 80, Paulo says he didn't even realise he was nearing that number.
“I’m thankful to Parra for letting me be at this club, I’ve really enjoyed my time and hopefully I can play more games and get better results,” Paulo said.
While the result was not ideal for Paulo’s milestone match, he said it was just a case of the Roosters being ‘on’ and building on that momentum.
“Definitely it hurts still, it’s just one of those nights,” he said.
“Roosters were on and we were off and we just look forward to trying to turn things around this week.”
Paulo insists he is enjoying his football with the club and acknowledges the young talent and competition for positions.
“Yeah it’s fun, Brad just told me that this is the kind of role that he wants me to play for the team so I’m just trying to find my way in the team and do what’s best,” he said.
“If it’s the utility role then I’m happy with that.”
The Eels are travelling to Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon to take on an Eagles side, which will be tough to beat playing at home.
“Those are the sort of things that not only motivate you but just want you to get up for it because I know how good we can be, and it’s a shame that we put up a performance like that,” he said.
“We definitely need to bring the passion and the attitude and we will see how we go on Sunday.”
Paulo is now setting his sites on a long-term role at the club, where he will be able to break another milestone this season.
“I hope I can make a hundred games, it would be awesome,” he said.
“Feels like it has gone so quickly since I started at the Penrith days, but I’m happy at the Blue and Gold and if I can get to a hundred, it will definitely be something I’ve accomplished in the NRL.”
Injuries and selection withstanding, Paulo is on track to play his 100th game sometime later this season.
“Hopefully it’s a winner and I’ll remember it this time.”