Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward Darcy Lussick is excited to see the return of Danny Wicks to the NRL, after the forward was named in the Eels 19 man squad ahead of Friday night’s Round 2 clash against the Bulldogs for the annual Bandaged Bear Cup.

The Eels visited the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, an occasion that front rower Darcy Lussick looks forward to.

“It’s good just to see the kids every now and then,” Lussick said.

“We have a bit to do with the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and we train pretty close to here so it breaks it up a bit.”

With Wicks potentially playing his first match in the NRL in more than five years, Lussick knows the 106kg prop deserves him chance.

“Danny has had a great pre-season and trained as hard as anyone else and is just as deserved as a shot as anyone,” Lussick said.

“If he is playing on Friday night, ill really be looking forward to it.”

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The Eels will be expecting a physical clash against a big Bulldogs forward pack, and Lussick knows Wicks will be a valuable asset to the Blue and Gold on Friday night.

“I think Danny is that sort of player that we need up front to match the Bulldog’s forward pack,” Lussick said.

“He is tough, real fit at the moment and I think he has a lot to prove.”

“If he is chosen, he will be out there to have a big one.”

Despite the Bulldogs coming off a loss in their Round One clash, the Eels are expecting last year’s grand finalists to be primed for the occasion.

“It’s going to be a good atmosphere there,” Lussick said of playing at the Bulldogs’ home ground.

“With the Bulldogs being last year’s grand finalists, they are up for the big games and we are expecting a tough game. We know that they will bring their best and hopefully we can as well.”

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