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The Blue & Gold bubble: Eels return to PARRAdise

Out of ISO and back in PARRAdise!

It has been six weeks and three days since the Blue and Gold laced up their boots and played a game of footy.

The last game was Round Two of the 2020 NRL season on the Gold Coast, where the Eels raced home in the second half to beat the Titans 46-6.

Round Three is due to kick off on May 28 and today, the Eels’ preparation begun at Kellyville Park 

The COVID-19 ‘bubble’ is strict, but necessary.

A detailed daily journal, wide-ranging hygiene standards and limited human contact outside of home and training are among the restrictions imposed on the 'bubble'.

This morning, the players pulled up at Eels HQ and waited to be greeted at the entrance.

They changed from their ‘dirty’ pair of shoes to their ‘clean’ pair and sanitised, before entering the building for a questionnaire and temperature and health checks.

Teammates were then once again reunited, with the resumption of footy in the not too distant future.

The squad was divided into three staggered training groups, with no more than ten players allowed together.

Training started with strapping and prep, followed by conditioning, skills, a meal and then weights.

There’s a tackle ban this week, with contact to begin next week.

It's ‘eat, sleep and repeat’ until the NRL restarts in 22 days.