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Eels recruit Kieran Foran during pre-season training with his new club.

Star signing Kieran Foran and veteran forward Tim Mannah will lead the Parramatta Eels in 2016, with Foran named team captain and Mannah named club captain.

The co-captaincy structure mirrors that recently announced by the Dragons, where Ben Creagh was named club captain and Gareth Widdop to lead the team on the field on game day.

Eels coach Brad Arthur said he was yet to determine a final 17 that would take the field in Round 1.

"I think I'm going to be faced with my most difficult decision in my time as Parramatta coach," Arthur told

"We're at the time of the year now where the players are getting a bit cranky cause they're had enough of pre-season training and just want to get out there and play, and you're just excited to see them get out there and start the season."

The Eels will play their final trial game of the pre-season against Penrith on February 21, before starting the NRL season with a home game against Brisbane on Thursday, March 3.



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