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Dyldam Parramatta Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur has made two changes to his side this week, naming Isaac De Gois and David Gower in the Blue and Gold side to take on the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs on Friday night  (Friday 18 March) at ANZ Stadium.

De Gois replaces hooker Nathan Peats, who has been ruled out for 2-4 weeks after suffering an elbow dislocation, and the experienced hooker is happy to be back in the side, ready to do a job.

“Brad has been completely honest with me. He told me I would start in reserve grade but it’s a long season so to just keep playing footy and keep doing what I do,” De Gois said.

“It’s a long season so we will see how I go. I am more than happy to be back in the team.”

“Brad has called me in to do a job and I am going to do that to the best of my ability.” De Gois added.

De Gois received the nod ahead of fellow teammates Kaysa Pritchard (who has been named on the Blue and Gold bench for the Round 3 clash) and Cameron King who will be rested this week after receiving a heavy knock to the sternum for the Wentworthville Magpies on the weekend.

“The good thing about Parramatta is we have good depth in every position. We keep challenging ourselves which is good, we obviously have Peatsy, myself, Kaysa and Kingy so like I said, it is a good spot for Parramatta to be in,” De Gois said.

“We have all trained together in the off-season, and we all know what we can bring out of each other. We have trained all together so it will easy to fit back in.”

“Being injured is not good for any player, you train and train and getting injured is probably one of the worst things. Peatsy will work hard and he’ll be back.” He added.

The Eels v Bulldogs clash kicks off from ANZ Stadium at 8:05pm on Friday 18 March. Click here for the Game Day Info.



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