The Parramatta Eels’ supporters and loved ones won’t be far from the players’ thoughts, with the team to wear newly marked jerseys for the remainder of the NRL season.
‘Thinking of you playing for you Western Sydney’ is heat-sealed front and centre in a nod to the team's home.
The Blue and Gold will proudly wear the Western Sydney emblem on their chests each game, as they continue their premiership quest from the Gold Coast.
With Greater Sydney facing another month in lockdown, it’s not lost on the Eels how fortunate they are to continue playing in the NRL this season.
Head Coach Brad Arthur said the team won’t use the changing landscape as an excuse and have every intention to do their fans proud.
“There are plenty of other people who have hardships worse than us and the NRL has done a great job getting the game up and running,” Arthur said.
“We’ve been playing with some confidence and some belief.
“We’re all together. We’re around each other all the time.
“It (being in Queensland) can only be a good thing for everyone in this competition,” he said.
With another tough month of lockdown looming, the Blue and Gold faithful will be desperate for some joy.
But the Eels have their work cut out for them, with a tough run of six games to the finals including the Roosters, Rabbitohs, Storm and Panthers.
“We’ve put ourselves in a position where it’s up to us now. It’s up to us to finish in the top four,” Arthur said.
“There’s no home ground advantage staying in Queensland and we have a lot of work to do between now and then (finals).
“Everything is in our own hands. We control our own fate really,” he said.