As the 2015 season wraps up, we look back over the year knowing that while we did not achieve the ladder position that we would have liked, the team showed a resolve not seen for many years.
Going back to the drawing board after the departure of Jarryd Hayne was always going to be tough. However, in 2015 the team put themselves into a winning position on numerous occasions only to let the win slip away.
With further development of our young stars in the coming off season plus the injection of top-shelf players Kieran Foran, Beau Scott and Michael Gordon the Eels are abuzz with excitement.
I truly believe that 2016 will be the year of the Eel.
Earlier this year, we began the process of liquidation of the PDRL (the Parramatta District Rugby League Club). Prior to liquidation, the structure of the PDRL was one where it was no longer possible for an individual to become part of the PDRL alone, without also belonging to the Parramatta National Rugby League (PNRL).
The restructuring process will create a one-club entity from juniors right through to NRL level.
It will result in a more refined operational process, and bring our club in line with best governance practices. Now, when you join the PNRL (Parramatta National Rugby League), you are a Member of a united club.
Life Members of the PDRL will have their status preserved and transferred to a life membership within the PNRL. The criteria for being honoured with life membership will also be transferred across into the PNRL constitution, a process being managed by our legal team.
The history of this club is hugely important, and must be preserved. At the same time, we will have a vehicle to honour the current and future Members who contribute to our football club’s prosperity.
We hope to have this process resolved by early November, and information will be forwarded to all Members with details about the outcome.
Many Members have been asking about the appointment of a new CEO. Currently, our Chief Operating Officer John Boulous is filling the position and doing a wonderful job.
I have begun a review of the position and engaged a very well-credentialled external consultancy firm to assist.
The scope of the review is extensive and will give us an insight into how to best serve our great club and its Members. I ask that you all be patient as I and the Board work to deliver the best outcome for the mighty Eels.
Stay strong, stay united, stay Blue and Gold.