Eels skipper re-signs for three years

Parramatta Eels co-captain Tim Mannah has re-signed with the club for an additional three seasons, keeping the local junior around until the end of 2017.

Mannah has played 129 games for the Eels since making his NRL debut with the club in 2009, as well as four State of Origin matches for New South Wales.

“I’m very excited to be sticking around because Parramatta is home,” Mannah said in a club statement.

“I walk in the office and see people I’ve known since I was a kid; it’s a place I love being at, and I’m really honoured to be at this club.

“To pull on the blue and gold jersey means a lot, and to be able to play in a team I’m so passionate about and with a club that I love never stops giving me a buzz.”

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said Mannah was part of the fabric of the Eels, and was thrilled at the re-signing. 

“With Tim it’s not just about the talent he brings on the field,” Arthur said. 

“He’s the type of person you want to build your club around, and I’m glad to see him staying in blue and gold.”

Mannah is also an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House at Westmead, and in 2013 was a nominee for the NRL’s Ken Stephen Medal for service to the community. 

“Tim is a fantastic ambassador for our club, not only for his efforts in the team, but for his hard work with various organisations in our community,” club CEO Scott Seward said. 

“He’s a great leader and we’re very proud to see him re-sign with the club for the next three seasons.”

In 2013, Tim established the Mannah Foundation which will be fundraising at Monday night’s Johnny Mannah Cup game against the Cronulla Sharks.