Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward David Gower says the Blue and Gold will be looking to make up for last week’s disappointing performance and continue on building to something greater at the Eels.
After suffering a 34-14 defeat to the Gold Coast Titans last week, Gower says morale around the side is still high and they are focused on finishing off their 2016 campaign, the way they started.
“Morale is still good, obviously disappointed, but more importantly disappointed in the 80-minute performance we put in on the weekend, “Gower said.
“We know we are better than that and it’s not the standards we set, and the standards we set in the first half of the year are the ones we want to finish the year off with.”
“We are building something at the club and will continue to build,” Gower added.
“We touched on it but it will take another year to achieve what we want to achieve so the building process continues.”
And despite the Finals in 2016 out of reach for the Blue and Gold, Gower says that the side is not looking ahead to 2017, still with play plenty to play for in the final 6 rounds.
“We still have to improve week to week in 2016. It’s definitely not over for us,” Gower said.
“We have a lot of pride to play for and improvement individually and as a team.”
“We have proud fans, we think we have the best fans in the game, so we still want to reward them and encourage them to come out and support us.”
And with plenty of off-field distractions throughout 2016, Gower spoke of the importance and accountability Head Coach Brad Arthur had instilled in the Blue and Gold squad.
“Brad has always been great from shielding us away from all the external stuff.,” Gower said.
“We obviously see it in the papers and on the news, but Brad just demands to be accountable to each other and to him everyday we take the training field and that’s the way we approached Day One in preseason and that’s the way we are going to approach it.”
“We are accountable to everyone, the guy next to us, the coaching staff. We are always trying to better ourselves as a team and individually.”
The Eels take on the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium this Saturday July 30. Click here for the Round 21 Team List.