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A letter from Clint Gutherson for his 100th Eels game

What it means to wear the Blue and Gold

Every time I pull on the Eels jersey, I feel a sense of pride.

On Sunday, I’ll do it for the 100th time.

It will mean so much to me.

Knowing how much past players, staff and fans love this club heavily influences me and our playing group.

We don’t want to let them down.

I unexpectedly joined the Eels in 2016 after being shown the door over at Manly.

This Club and Brad gave me an opportunity.

Now five years on, I am doing my best to repay the faith they have shown me.

I just want to do my part for the team and the coaching staff.

To reach this milestone in Blue and Gold is a massive achievement for me, my family and my partner.

It has taken years of hard work, success, disappointment and perseverance through shattering injuries to reach this milestone.

For that, it really do mean a lot to me as a player and a person.

One of my most memorable moments here was running the team out at our new home Bankwest Stadium in Round Six, 2019.

The roar around the stadium; the crowd going nuts was a massive proud moment I’ll never forget.

I’m in a pretty special place right now being captain.

Growing up, I never ever thought I would hold this position.

It’s surreal and I’m honoured every time I get to do it.

Running out on the paddock, giving my absolute all and not letting the boys down, is ultimately what I’m playing for.

It means everything to me to run the boys out each week.

I hate losing and I always have.

I will do anything to win.

That’s how I play the game.

It’s how I’ll play my 100th Eels game.

And it’s how I’ll play until my time is up.

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