Eels stalwart Mannah is all forward with optimism

LAST year Tim Mannah did the unthinkable during preseason: put on weight and felt fitter and stronger.

This preseason the Parramatta Eels' prop wants to add another string to his bow.

"I want to work on getting a pass in my game and making an offload more natural," Mannah said.

"Brad [coach Brad Arthur] wants us to work on developing all aspects of our game and for me that is one area I need to work on.

"Personally, I was happy with my form last year but I want to take it to the next level in 2014."

The blue and golds enter 2014 full of optimism.

They have a new coach in Brad Arthur, a new CEO in Scott Seward, a new (if not slightly old) gold jersey and a newly-named home base in Pirtek Stadium.

They also have fresh faces in the form of Will Hopoate, Corey Norman, Lee Mossop and Nathan Peats.

Mannah said the blue and golds are looking in only one direction.

"It's all forward; we're not looking backwards," said Mannah, who will form a strong front for rotation with Mossop, Fuifui Moimoi and Darcy Lussick.

"I'm really excited with everything that is happening at the club. We have a new coach, new CEO and added some new faces to the squad who have brought a lot of talent and enthusiasm into the place. As a senior player there is a lot to look forward to in 2014."

The new-look Eels will play their first trial match against the Wests Tigers on February 8 at Alice Springs.

They will also compete in the Auckland Nines tournament and a second trial match against Manly at Brookvale Oval on February 22.

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