Six weeks ago Dylan Brown thought his season was done and dusted after suffering a syndesmosis injury.
Critics have also written off the Eels season.
Now in week two of NRL finals; Brown is approaching his second game back in the Blue and Gold and the team has too much self-belief to worry about opinions.
“It happened pretty quickly and I’m just happy to be back … pretty proud of myself,” Brown said.
“Everyone has their own opinion on us and like I was saying, with the weekend just gone there were so many bad things and so many good things, but we believe in ourselves,” he said.
The Eels fell short against the Storm in last week’s qualifying final and it’s do-or-die in their Semi Final against the Rabbitohs this Saturday.
“We had a pretty rough game against them a few weeks back but we looked at a few things and we’re slowly getting better each week,” Brown said.
“Hopefully we can get it right this week because it’s do or die footy and we don’t want to go out this week,” he said.
The Eels are sweating on the fitness of winger Blake Ferguson, while they’ve lost Maika Sivo on the left wing.
Captain Clint Gutherson said everyone knows the job they have to do.
“We just have to do our best. We have seen the type of footy they’ve been playing,” Gutherson said.
“They can score points at will, but we will just have to do our best to keep our tabs on Cody Walker; he’s been playing some great footy,” he said.
The game is sold out (COVID-19 capacity) at Bankwest Stadium and the Eels are more than happy with it.
“If we can get 15-thousand Parramatta fans it’s going to help us get up and make sure we’re ready to play and not letting them down,” Gutherson said.
“We’re happy at Bankwest … so hopefully a majority are Parramatta and hopefully we can put in a good performance.”