Dyldam Parramatta Eels skipper Tim Mannah is excited about kicking off 2015 preseason training with a 10 day overseas training camp to the USA.
With the majority of the club departing today, Mannah says the club is ready to learn from the best.
“It’s really exciting what we are about to do. I think a lot of credit has to go to our CEO and coaching staff for being able to put it together,” Mannah said.
“I think the good thing is that we get to see on a big scale how they do things there. They are obviously very professional organisations, both the Seattle Seahawks and the University of Washington Huskies, so to be able to see how they do their training and how they go about their thing will be great for us to learn.”
“It will be a great learning curve to bring things back to our club so that we can be better for it.”
With nine new squad members joining the Dyldam Parramatta Eels this season, it will provide the opportunity to meet the new squad members who have signed for the 2015 season and beyond.
“It’s going to be great for us to get all the new players on board and get to know one another really well,” Mannah said.
“This first 10 days together are a great opportunity for the new boys to get to know one another, and also for us to get to know them, so its going to be great for us as a team and when we come back we can hit the ground running.”
The opportunity to learn from the Seattle Seahawks is a unique one and Mannah said the team would use the camp to kick off the preseason on a positive note.
“Doing a trip like this is pretty ground breaking. There’s not many teams doing what we are doing,” Mannah said.
“Credit has got to go to CEO Scott Seward for putting something like this together on this scale. To take 25 players over to Seattle and learn from the best is something that not many people thought would be possible a few months ago.”
“They’ve done a great job to make it happen and now, for us as players, its just to make sure we get the most out of it and bring back what we learn to the team.”
“The way they go about things is very professional so it will be great for us to see what we can learn and how we can get better as a team and as an organisation.”