Sandow back in the NRL

AFTER piloting Wentworthville to the top of the NSW Cup ladder, Chris Sandow will look to do the same with the Parramatta Eels after being named in the No.7 jumper for the local derby against Penrith.

Sandow and Ken Sio have been rewarded for their good form in the opening three rounds, replacing Luke Kelly and Vai Toutai in the starting team.

Sandow's childhood friend Willie Tonga spoke glowingly of Sandow, who has impressed with his form and fitness.

"I know that he's been working really hard on his game and playing well for Wentworthville," Tonga said.

"He's never one to be kicking stones or coming to training with a sour head on; he's always upbeat which is good."

"He was one of the reasons I came to Parramatta."

The only other change to the team that lost a nail biter to Manly is Joseph Paulo being elevated to the starting team with Ben Smith to miss two to three weeks with a finger injury.

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