The dark days are behind them and the Eels are focused on breaking back into finals football under one of the most astute coaches in the game.
Eels coach Brad Arthur has no qualms about leaning on a pair of rookie playmakers in Bevan French and Clint Gutherson to help guide his team in 2017.
The Panthers ran away with a comfortable win over the Eels at Pepper Stadium in each team's final trial of the pre-season in an entertaining clash.
The Penrith Panthers have named a strong side for this Saturday's trial match against the Eels.
Gold Coast have scored three tries in the final 10 minutes to register a 24-18 win over Parramatta in a NRL trial in Alice Springs.
The Parramatta Eels have named a 21-man squad to face the Gold Coast Titans in Alice Springs this Saturday night.
He was a try-scoring machine in his debut season, but for young Eels fullback Bevan French, this year is about proving he has what it takes without the ball.
Parramatta may be coming off a horror 2016 season, but new recruit Nathan Brown says the Eels' resilience in a rough year inspired him to join them.
Penrith are the first side to qualify for the 2017 Auckland Nines final with victory over western Sydney rivals Parramatta at Eden Park on Sunday afternoon.
Jarryd Hayne is in doubt for next week's Indigenous All Stars clash due to a knee injury sustained at the Auckland Nines.