Arthur: We’ve had some real tough lessons
Blue and Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur gave his final thoughts at the end of Parramatta's 2018 NRL season to the media, a 44-10 loss to the minor premiership winning Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.
Having just completed a season with his side stuck in last place, Arthur was keen to look ahead for a bright future.
"We can't be too quick to dismiss it and move on," Arthur said.
"(But) I'm glad it's over and looking forward to a fresh start.
"We've had some real tough lessons, I've had some tough lessons."
Co-captain Tim Mannah reflected on a year that was difficult to play in.
"It's probably one of the toughest seasons I've been through," Mannah said.
"In the past we've had tough seasons, but I think what made this year tougher was the expectation.
"The frustrating thing was we knew what we were capable of doing."
Arthur identified some positives out of this season that he'll look to build on in the coming months.
"We've got the emergence of some of our young blokes that we've been able to put a bit of time into," Arthur said.
"I thought Oregon Kaufusi tonight was really good. It was his second game and he hadn't done a pre-season with us, so we've got some hope there.
"We've got some good young fellas coming through and also a couple of new recruits.
"Hopefully, the feeling we've got right now is more than enough motivation and drive to make sure it doesn't happen again."
Arthur acknowledged the Eels have to turn around their performances next season and backed the club to get it right.
"We've got to work hard. Everyone's got to come together, stick together, work together to make sure it doesn't happen again, because it's a horrible feeling.
"I know I've got the right staff and we know we've got the right playing group and the young fellas to come forward."