Dyldam Parramatta Eels new recruit Cody Nelson has had a challenging rise to the top.
Involved in rugby league since the age of 4, Nelson had been signed by the Gold Coast Titans at 16 years old, however, it was almost a decade later when he made his NRL debut aged 25 after a string of injuries plagued him.
Recently signing with the Blue and Gold until the end of 2016, Nelson believes he has a lot to offer the team he loved growing up as a child.
“I am really excited about getting down here and ripping into training with the good young blue and gold,” Nelson said.
“I definitely think that my defence can help Parramatta out a lot”.
“In the past few seasons we have looked really good with ball in hand, but at times we have slipped on the defensive side. That’s definitely my strong point of football”.
Eels coach Brad Arthur identified Nelson as a ‘talented backrower’ and Nelson is relishing the chance to work with his new coach, coaching staff and Eels teammates.
“I am really excited to work under Brad Arthur. I have heard nothing but good words from everybody that has trained under him in previous clubs and from what the rest of the boys say here,” Nelson said.
“I also have a good relationship with Steve Murphy (Eels Assistant Coach), who was previously the Assistant Coach at the Gold Coast, so I am really excited about getting back into training”.
“I played Under 20s with Chris Sandow and then a couple of the new squad members with Beau Champion and Danny Wicks coming in, so the seasons ahead should be really good”.