The Dyldam Parramatta Eels returned from a scheduled three day break during their bye week, and as the Blue and Gold returned to the action on the training paddock, the Eels media team welcomed a new team member to assist them off the field.

Eels second-rower Manu Ma’u took control of the microphone at yesterday’s media session to chat to front rower Junior Paulo.

“I pretty much spent two days with you training and trying to keep fit and healthy!” Paulo said to Ma’u about their three day break.

With the Eels preparing for their Round 19 clash against the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs on Friday night at ANZ Stadium, Paulo said it will be a big challenge for the Blue and Gold forward pack.

“It is going to be a big challenge; they have a big forward pack,” Paulo said.

“They came off a loss last night against the Broncos but it is always a good battle between us and them and we will wait to see what happens on Friday night.” He added.

The Eels have had a positive past five weeks, with three consecutive wins and two byes, and Paulo said the side will be looking to continue their winning ways in the upcoming clash against the Bulldogs as they head into the back end of the season.

“Three in a row with two byes, that was a crucial ten points for us,” Paulo said.

“Coming off the back of that we need to string another win and hopefully we can get 12 points going into the business end of the season.”

“We are looking forward to making the run home.”

With Paulo proving his skills as a barber, often cutting his fellow teammates hair, Ma’u asked for his professional opinion on the flowing locks of Tepai Moeroa, which has seen plenty of online social media positivity.

“I think it should stay. We need a couple of pretty faces in our team and the hair complements his face.” Paulo said.

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