Gutherson: It’s a huge honour

Gutherson: It’s a huge honour

Parramatta fullback Clint Gutherson says it's a massive honour being named co-captain after only joining the side at the start of the 2016 season from fierce rivals, the Manly Sea Eagles.

"It's massive, it's a huge honour in a club like this," Gutherson said.

"Brad pulled me aside at the start of the week and said he wants to do it and I was happy to do it. To have Tim (Mannah) and Beau (Scott) there to help me sort of work my way into it, it's important and very humbling," he said.

In his first match as co-captain, his Eels crushed his former side 44-10, with the man himself scoring a try and heavily involved across the park.

Head Coach Brad Arthur said Gutherson was earmarked as a future captain from the start of his tenure with the club.

"We've always thought, right through his first week of training with us that he was going to be a future captain of our club.

"That's what you want from a leader, you don't just want them just to talk it but you want them to walk it and Clint's been, since his time at our club, our best trainer and most professional player," said Arthur.

The appointment as co-captain followed a stellar 2017 season that saw the affable utility play virtually every position in the backline including five-eighth, wing, centre and fullback before having his year cruelly ended due to an ACL tear.

A tough pre-season of rehabilitation saw Gutherson return slightly earlier than expected, after he ran out against Canberra in round six and has since provided a much needed boost to a struggling Eels side.