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Last night, the Parramatta Eels hosted their annual 2017 Ken Thornett Medal at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, recognizing players from the NRL, Holden Cup and Intrust Super Premiership NSW Cup sides to mark the 2017 season.

One of the prestigious awards presented during the night, was the Michael Cronin Club Person of the Year.

Parramatta Eels chaplain George Dansey was named the recipient of the prestigious award for his strong support towards the team during 2017.

Dansey has been on the sidelines for the Eels since 2011, making sure players are just as strong mentally as they are on the field.

He is on the sidelines at training, present at game days, at the Club throughout the week, even providing a calm head and sage advice after hours.

Dansey was honoured to be awarded with the accolade.

“It feels amazing. I am so honoured to achieve this award,” Dansey said.

“A lot of the work that goes on behind the scenes has a lot to do with the off-field, with their families, their partners and all the guys that move into Sydney, Western Sydney. They go through injuries so I just try and create that support and encouragement when they need.”

“It speaks for itself but whatever goes on off-field is well, then probably your on-field goes great as well.” Dansey added.

“I didn’t expect this at all, but for me, it’s such a big highlight that the off-field work really helps with their on-field performance.”

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Dansey has been through highs and lows at the Blue & Gold, but he spoke highly of the current culture and position the Club is in.

“There is a great culture in this Club, not just with the players, but the Coaching staff and all the guys that work in the office. It’s a great place to be, there is good people all around, from the top with Bernie and the coaching staff, Brad Arthur, Steve Murphy and Pete Gentle, plus all the players as well.” Dansey said.

“I’d like to hope I have played an important role but there are a lot of people that have an important role,” he added.

“I think over the last six years, there is a lot that has happened in this Club but moving forward, we are in good stead.”

“We are a resilient bunch of guys and a resilient Club.”

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