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Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward Mitch Allgood says he can’t wait to rejoin the side on the field this Saturday night to go one better against the Penrith Panthers. 

The Eels return home to Pirtek Stadium to take on the Penrith outfit in the ‘Battle of the West’ in front of what will be a packed crowd. 

“It’s always hard to have to sit out and watch the team play, and it was a tough loss, so I’m looking forward to being back,” Allgood said. 

“The Panthers are going well, they’ve got off to a good start this year so it’s going to be a tough game but one that we’re ready for.”

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After Head Coach Brad Arthur yesterday named halfback Chris Sandow to return to the side, Allgood says it’s a big week for the club. 

“It’s sort of mixed emotions, we’re all mates in this team, so when someone gets taken from the team and another comes in, we’re sad for the guy who leaves but excited for the one who gets the opportunity,” he said.  

“I think Chris’s actions show he’s ready to come back; he’s been training hard all pre-season, and all summer and is putting in good performances at Wentworthville, so he’s earned his spot in the team.”

Saturday night’s game will bring a bit of extra spice, with the two Western Sydney teams always a fierce rivalry. 

“It’s always good, a little Western Sydney derby, I’m a Westie myself so it should be good fun,” he said. 

“As a middle, I want to win that battle amongst the big boys there, and hopefully we can continue to do the good work the boys did last week and go one better.”

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