Dyldam Parramatta Eels hooker Isaac De Gois is so dedicated and focused to preparing for this Friday night’s clash against the Rabbitohs, that the off-field media attention around the Blue and Gold has not even entered his thoughts.
De Gois has a straight-forward approach to the off-field media attention that has followed the Blue and Gold.
“It’s a tough sport so I don’t know what is going to happen,” De Gois said.
“I didn’t even know anything until I was tipped up by our Media Manager walking over. I am just here to play footy and win games. “
“It is the first I have heard of it. I am a footy player, I just want to play footy and win games.” De Gois added.
“I honestly didn’t know anyone had to leave. I knew the news that we were over the cap but I don’t know what the club is going to do, that’s their job to handle it.”
With recent media reports tipping Nathan Peats as the latest in a series of players to potentially leave the club to ease salary cap pressure on the Eels, De Gois said that any player leaving mid-way through a season to ease salary cap pressure would be tough, but it was not for him to worry about.
De Gois made a mid-season switch in 2014 from the Sharks to the Eels, and with the hooker off contract at the end of the year, he was keen to focus on his football and remain at the Blue and Gold, rather than worry about off-field distractions.
“It’s not easy [to make a mid season transfer]. Especially when you have family and what not, you are moving not only yourself but your family so it’s a tough thing to do, but it’s part of the business.” De Gois said.
“Our job as footy players is to play footy and win games,” he added.
“I am here to do a job for the Parramatta Eels and my job is to play football.”
“I want to stay here, I know that.”
The Eels kick off against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday 13 May at Pirtek Stadium, kick off at 7:50pm. Click through for all the Round 10 Game Day Info.