Dyldam Parramatta Eels hooker Isaac De Gois says he’s never seen team mate Richie Fa’aoso as happy as this week, after the forward received clearance from the NRL to resume his playing career.
Fa’aoso joined the Wentworthville Magpies for a training session on Saturday morning, sharing the training fields with the Blue and Gold squad.
“I’ve known ‘Fuss’ for a long time, and I’ve never seen him so happy,” De Gois said.
“I sent him a text yesterday and he was obviously stoked, and everyone at the club here is very happy for him. He’s been working hard, training hard, and he’s fit and strong as ever I think.”
"I'm sure in no time he'll be pushing for a spot in the top squad."
“I’m looking forward to watching him play."
And while Fa’aoso returned to the field with a spring in his step knowing a return to the footy field may not be too far away, De Gois and the Blue and Gold squad were preparing for a bruising encounter with the Wests Tigers on Easter Monday.
“It’s going to be a great battle in the middle,” De Gois said.
“They were very unlucky last week against the Bulldogs, and it’s going to be a tough challenge. They’ve got a really good forward pack and some classy backs. We’ve got to be up for it and I think we we are.”
“When you do get a win, especially against Souths - who are in my opinion the team of the competition - it’s great. But the focus is being consistent, getting that back-to-back win.”
“If we don’t turn up with the same attitude and the same desire it’s pretty much a wasted week (last week).”
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