At 3.45am, the sheds are full of activity at the Blue and Gold’s training fields in Parramatta, while the coaching staff wrap up their Friday morning staff meeting.

Danny Wicks arrives with what looks like 10 cups of coffee - he's designated caffeine provider for the forward pack - and the sky is pitch black. Head Coach Brad Arthur has decided to shake up the pre-season routine by shifting the Eels’ Friday morning training session to 4am. From the 42-degree heat of the previous day, the temperature is now sitting well below 20 degrees and Western Sydney is bucketed with rain. 

Hit play to see the video as the boys take on their pre-dawn training session!


Check out some of the activity from pre-season!

Click here to view a recap of Week One - Pre-season training

Click here to view a recap of Week Two - Pre-season training

Click here to view a recap of Week Three - Pre-season training

Click here to view a recap of Week Four - Shelly Beach

Click here to view a recap of Week Five - Pre-season training

Click here to view the team's session on the river to wrap up Week 6

Click here to view a recap of Week Seven - Pre-season training

- Click here to view a recap of Week Eight - the team returns from Christmas break