The Dyldam Parramatta Eels will take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at Pirtek Stadium this Saturday (27 June) and Blue and Gold outside back Ryan Morgan said that despite the off-field media noise, the Eels are focused on their Round 16 opponents as they look for their first back to back wins of the season.
“I actually really haven’t heard too much about it because we have been training all day but we are just leaving it to the ‘higher ups’” Morgan said to the media yesterday (Monday 22 June).
“We are just focused on the season and we are just going to leave it to them and whatever happens happens.”
Whilst Morgan admitted that it would be great to be playing alongside Foran in 2016, the centre was focused on turning things around this season after the Eels 5-9 record to start the season.
“He is a good player and we would love to have him here but we have the Dragons this week and that’s all we are focused on and focused on the rest of the year,” Morgan said.
“Any team would want to have him in their roster and like any other player, they are going to bring additions to our team, and he would be a good addition to our team.”
“He has played for his country and it would be great to play along side him.”
With Morgan coming off contract with the Blue and Gold at the end of the 2015 season, the outside back said the off-field distractions were not affecting his desire of wanting to remain a one-club man and continue playing for the club that gave him his start in the NRL.
“It won’t affect my decision too much,” Morgan said when quizzed on his desire to stay at the Eels despite the off-field news coverage.
“My loyalty lies with this club, I am a Parramatta Junior and I have always wanted to stay here.”
“I have been here since I was 15 and they gave me my crack at it and I would love to repay them by staying here. I would love to be a one club man.” Morgan added.
With Morgan seeing plenty of off-field change since his debut in 2011, the outside back confirmed the instability was not affecting the playing group.
“We have had a few CEO’s but I don’t think it affects the players too much,” Morgan said.
“We have a good coach in Brad and he is protecting us from that and it doesn’t affect us.”
“I have complete faith in Brad and all the coaching staff and I am sure they are taking care of it.” Morgan added.