New Eels recruit Richie Fa'aoso will make a remarkable comeback from a broken neck and early retirement when he runs out with Parramatta on Saturday night.
He's locked in a battle with Nathan Peats for a starting spot at Parramatta, but Isaac De Gois says the competition for the hooker role will only help the club.
Eels prop Tim Mannah believes Parramatta have rediscovered their resilience under coach Brad Arthur.
Chris Sandow will miss the rest of the NRL pre-season because of an ankle injury sustained at the Auckland Nines.
Parramatta coach Brad Arthur faces a nervous wait this week after the Eels limped away from the Auckland Nines with the heaviest injury toll of the weekend.
The Eels have capitulated against a highly-impressive Souths outfit who ran amok in the first semi-final with a 37-6 win.
The Eels have knocked out defending champions North Queensland in the opening quarter-final with a tense 17-11 win on the back of a Chris Sandow masterclass.
The Dragons have finished strongly to beat the impressive Eels on the back of another piece of Eto Nabuli magic, ending Manly's tournament in the process.
The Eels became the first team in the 2015 Auckland Nines with two wins, snatching a heart-stopping 21-15 victory over the Knights.
The Eels' new brigade carried Parramatta to a close win over Manly as 2015 signings Brad Takairangi and Reece Robinson combined for three tries.