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Eels retain key players in NRLW

The Parramatta Eels are pleased to announce the retention of three key players from the 2022 NRLW Grand Final squad.

Abbi Church, Zali Fay and Rueben Cherrington will return to the team in a huge boost ahead of pre-season in May

Abbi Church
Abbi Church

Abbi launched her NRLW career with the Eels’ inaugural team in 2021 and has since made eight appearances.

Zali Fay
Zali Fay

Zali, a NSW Blues U18s representative, made a big impression in her first season in the Blue & Gold last year, playing all six games including the Grand Final.

Rueben Cherrington
Rueben Cherrington

Rueben joined the Club in 2022, playing alongside her sister Kennedy for the first time in the Blue & Gold. She has also represented the NSW Blues in the U19s.

Parramatta Eels Head of Football Mark O’Neill said all players are important retentions for the Club.

“These three players are important to our team dynamic, and we are thrilled to see them return and pursue their respective opportunities with the Club.

“The Eels have been building something special in the NRLW since joining the competition in 2021.

“Abbi, Zali and Rueben all have their best football ahead of them and we are committed to their continued development at the Eels,” O’Neill said.

The Eels have also announced the signings of Kennedy Cherrington, Rachael Pearson and Elsie Albert for 2023.

Acknowledgement of Country

Parramatta Eels respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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