Speaking with the Big Sports Breakfast this morning, Corey Norman shared his thoughts on the Parramatta Eels as they prepare for the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Friday night, Round 23 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
The Eels have won three of their last four games and lifted themselves off the bottom of the ladder from the 40-4 win against the St. George Illawarra Dragons last week. Norman has been impressed with the team's energy.
"You could kind of feel that it felt like us," Norman said.
"I thought that was probably our first 80-minute performance this year. Everyone was on the same page."
The fullback also thought Brad Arthur has done a good job of keeping the team enthusiastic this season despite the circumstances.
"That's one of Brad's strengths.
"He doesn't really show us how under the pump he is, which is really good because I feel like if he's stressed and under the pump it kind of filters through to us players. He's got us sticking together."
The Eels visit Melbourne for the clash with the Storm and Norman is expecting a focused home side.
"We should get down there and be very excited about this challenge."
"Melbourne have lost two (matches) in a row and no doubt tomorrow night they're going to be ready to play their best football, and the thing is down there Melbourne isn't going to beat themselves."
"The focus is definitely on them."
Jarryd Hayne's scored nine tries in his last eight games and liked the possibility of Hayne staying at the club next season when he's offered a contract.
"Hayne is very passionate about the Eels and loves the club.
"He's playing some really good football at the moment. If they offer him one (a contract) he might stay."
The Eels play the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Friday 17 August from 7:55pm in Round 23 of the NRL Telstra Premiership. Click through to purchase your tickets!