Norman: The lapses in our game continue to cost us

Norman: The lapses in our game continue to cost us

 Last night, the Parramatta Eels announced that Blake Ferguson has agreed to terms for a three year deal with the Blue & Gold starting in 2019.

Speaking on Big Sports Breakfast, Eels five-eighth Corey Norman says the signing of Ferguson will be positive for the Club, welcoming the big, physical and in-form outside back to the Blue & Gold.

“I think the signing is good. He has had an outstanding year I have thought so the Roosters not giving him another year I find that hard to believe but I think it is going to be a good signing,” Norman said on Big Sports Breakfast this morning.

“It might be that big outside back that we need when Semi left.”

“When you have a big back catching the ball in the corner and getting a quick play the ball, it starts your set off so well and I think that is what ‘Fergo’ will bring next year.” He added.

Looking back at last week’s clash, the Eels let the two points slip when they suffered a 20-18 defeat to the top of the table St. George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium.

Leading the game with 6 minutes to go, the Dragons scored two unanswered tries to snatch the victory. Norman said that it was the lapses in the side’s game, those that had been prominant all year, that cost the side.

“I thought we were the better side for 70-75 minutes. Again, it was those little lapses in our game that cost us last Thursday night,” Norman said.

“It’s so frustrating because we had that game for 70 minutes, and for it to get taken away like that, it was disappointing and frustrating.”

“I thought that Mitch and Gutho and I worked really well together and it felt a lot smoother,” he added about his form and combination with halve partner Mitch Moses and fullback Clint Gutherson.

Despite the bye this week, Norman says the side have been continuing to work hard on the training fields.

“We have training today, we came back on Tuesday and have three days here. We got a bit of a touch up on Tuesday and I think we are getting touched up again today before we have three days off.”

With plenty of off-field speculation surrounding Norman, the five-eighth said as far has he knew, he was still in Brad Arthur and the Club’s plans moving forward.

“As far as I know, I am,” Norman said when asked of whether he knew if he was still on BA or the Club’s plans moving forward.

“I am sure if the Club had a chat with my manager, my manager would tell me, but I haven’t got that call yet.”  

Click here to listen to the full interview on Big Sports Breakfast