Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward David Gower spoke to the media ahead of the Blue and Gold Round 11 clash against the Newcastle Knights on Monday 30 May, and says the Eels side are looking to put in a performance the loyal Blue and Gold Army can be proud of.
After suffering back to back losses over the last few weeks, Gower says the Blue and Gold are looking ahead to this week's clash against the Newcastle Knights.
"Brad has been great for us and shouldering a lot of the burden," Gower said when asked o dealing with the off-field distractions.
"As a playing group, we need to repay Brad and most importantly repay our fans by what we can control. For us, thats what we do on the field."
"We are coming off the back of two very tough losses at home, infront of a very vocal and steadfast crowd."
"Our Blue and Gold Army have been fantastic for us and we need to go out there on Monday night at Newcastle and put in a performance they they can be proud of and that we can be proud of."
With five-eighth Corey Norman issued with a charge notice from NSW Police, and halfback Kieran Foran dogged by media attention while he undergoes treatment for personal issues, Gower said the side would be there to support their teammates and good friends.
"We were suprised, but it's an ongoing investigation and there is not too much more we can say at this point. As a team, we will be there and support him through this." Gower said.
"We didn't know what was going on. We weren't too sure. He was his usual self, and put in a performance for us on the weekend."
"He [Kieran] is still bouncing around. We are all here for him and will continue to support him in his recovery. He is looking forward to training well and getting back amongst the boys and build into a performance on Monday night," Gower added.
"He is a strong character, will continue to fight through it and he will have our unwavering support."