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The long and the short of it in Eels front row

Visually, it is one of the more odd-looking front rows in the NRL but it also could be one of the most effective.

Junior Paulo and Reagan Campbell-Gillard are the long and short of it as bookends and then you've got the shorter stature of Reed Mahoney at hooker in the middle.

"It does look a bit funny. Reedy is only about three-foot six but he's got a massive future," Campbell-Gillard told NRL.com.

"Yes, he is a midget," added back-rower Shaun Lane. "But they all bring something different. They're all really talented players and Reedy doesn't take a back step.

"He earned some fair praise last season and got put into the Queensland Origin extended squad so that says a few things about him."

The fact he lines up between two international props in Paulo and Campbell-Gillard gives the Eels extra clout.

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Campbell-Gillard is 15cm taller than Paulo and nearly 20cm above Mahoney.

Paulo is eight kilos heavier than Campbell-Gillard and tips the scales at 37kg more than Mahoney.

"There's a whole mixture of shapes and sizes and abilities," Campbell-Gillard said.

"Our pack looks good on paper so it's just a matter of getting those combinations right so we work well in real life too."

After switching from Penrith in the off-season, Campbell-Gillard played in each of Parramatta's trials to make the transition smoother before his first NRL game for the Eels at Bankwest Stadium on Thursday night against the Bulldogs.

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"Training every day with the guys you do get those combinations but you don't get how everyone operates through games," he said.

"So that's why I wanted those two trials. It will come – I know it – I'll just stick to the processes here as I find everyone's strengths and weaknesses.

"It's a challenge to myself to learn all that and I'm probably 85 per cent there.

"I can honestly say it's been a fresh and a new kick-start for me. I feel like I've made the right decision to come here.

"It's like starting a new school. You don't want to leave your old one but your family has moved to a different place so you have to."

Lane said the former Panther had made his presence felt already.

"Reagan has been a really good acquisition. He's a really good forward leader for us. I don't know what sort of guy he was before he came here but it's been a surprise how well he's fitted in," Lane said.

"He's a bloke that really knows the game – and seems to know what to say, how to say it and how to inspire us."