After back-to-back wooden spoons, pretty much anything would have been an improvement for the Eels – and improvement is what they got.
Canberra have beaten Parramatta 33-20 to end the Eels' hopes of reaching the NRL finals for the first time since 2009.
This is it Eels fans - a year of such promise and excitement could all come to an end in the nation’s capital on Saturday night. Or not.
Peter Sharp has joined Parramatta's football department to oversee squad list management.
David Gower believes the Eels need to refamiliarise themselves with their core playing principles when their season goes on the line on Saturday.
A disappointed Eels coach Brad Arthur says his side's season isn't over despite a woeful 42-12 loss to the Knights in Newcastle.
The Newcastle Knights scored five tries in 12 minutes to come back from a 12-8 deficit to race away with an astounding 42-12 win against the Parramatta Eels.
Newcastle have the job ahead of them repelling a confident Eels outfit who have a sniff of finals football in their nostrils.
Cody Nelson signs a two-year deal to join Parramatta from the Titans.
A free train service for Eels Members, junior pass and ticket holders will depart Strathfield station on Saturday morning for Parramatta's clash with Newcastle.