Parramatta Eels local junior Troy Dargan. Photo: Garry Reader

Eels local juniors named in NSW Origin Pathways Camps

The Dyldam Parramatta Eels congratulate the following local juniors whom have been named in the U16s and U18s NSW Origin Pathways Camps held on Wednesday 21 January and Thursday 22 January 2015.

The selection of numerous Parramatta local juniors is a well-deserved reward after the talented youngsters have showed promising signs in their short careers.

Under 16s NSW Origin Pathways Camps selected players: Josh Curran, Ethan Parry, PJ Vaigalu, Kytak Chan, Alex Seve, Jesse Cronin and Tui Aufalou.

Under 18s NSW Origin Pathways Camps selected players: Michael Doolan, Troy Dargan, Reimis Smith and Denzal Tonise.

Reimis Smith (South Sydney), Ethan Parry (Tamworth), and Jesse Cronin (Beresfield) represent 3 out of 3 of externally recruited athletes eligible for the NSWRL Pathway Camp.

The one-day camps are staged to give players of significant potential an insight into what it takes to play State of Origin football for New South Wales. A number of aspects are covered including NSW players’ physical and mental preparation, team culture along with testing, field sessions and recovery.

“It is exciting for the boys selected to join the NSWRL Pathways Camp, at the same time I can identify with others considered unlucky not to be selected. Whilst I am happy for the boys I am acutely aware with what is involved with staff,” said Anthony Field, Parramatta Eels Elite Program's and Recruitment Coordinator.

“The Parramatta Eels Elite Program encompasses the areas of Recruitment and Retention, Coaching and Development, clearly our Elite Programs are well defined and operating nicely. Results like this do not happen overnight and represent the result of a lot of man hours with expertise in areas involving not just footy, but welfare, education and mentoring.”

Field acknowledged the players selection was well deserved after their continual hard work and dedication in the Eels Elite Programs pathway.

 “Michael Doolan, Troy Dargan, Denzal Tonise and Reimis Smith are all currently involved in a NYC preseason. Doolan and Smith have graduated from the NSW Under 16 team to join the Under 18 Pathway Camp so it is rewarding to see them selected again,” said Field.

“Dargan, who unfortunately won’t be available to take part in the camp as he is overseas, recently returned from a successful Australian Schoolboy tour of the UK” he added.

“The U16 players named are also well deserved after the majority are enjoying their second year of being involved in the Harold Matthews competition.”