Defence the key to Eels revival: Hayne

Parramatta superstar Jarryd Hayne has declared a miserly defence can be the cornerstone of an Eels revival under new coach Brad Arthur.

Parramatta have easily been the worst defensive side of the last two NRL seasons, a fact Hayne readily admits, but the Kangaroos utility says things are set to change dramatically this year.

Defence has been the Eels' pre-season priority under Arthur, according to Hayne, as they seek to bounce back from successive wooden spoons.

''Brad has come in and we spent the first six weeks just on our defence,'' Hayne said.''Our attack is probably not quite where it needs to be at the moment but I would rather have our defence in order, than have our defence put pressure on our attack and an attack that is a bit of razzle and the pressure then is on our defence.

''We were the worst in the comp last year so that is something we have been looking a lot at and it is something we definitely have to fix.''

Parramatta conceded 674 points in 2012 at an average of 28 per game under Stephen Kearney with his understudy Arthur taking over for the final six games to finish with a 2-4 win-loss record.

Under Ricky Stuart last season they fared even worse, conceding a total of 740 points at 31 per game.

Hayne is hopeful that Arthur's time as an assistant at Melbourne under Craig Bellamy and at Manly under Geoff Toovey, two of today's most successful clubs, will rub off on the Eels in 2014.

''Brad has been here before, and the boys are really buzzing that he is here again,'' Hayne said.

''A couple of things he did when he was here last time we really enjoyed and we did have some success.

''He loves to attack ... his passion is defence but he loves to attack as well which is pretty unique.

AAP

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