New Eels deal imminent for Wicks
The Parramatta Eels' season from hell hasn't scared off veteran prop Danny Wicks, who let slip he has re-signed to remain at the club beyond 2016.
"Haven't they announced it yet?" a perplexed Wicks queried when asked about a potential new deal.
Wicks joined the club after five years in NRL obscurity after he was arrested and consequently jailed for 18 months for the supplying and possession of illicit drugs when he was playing at the Knights in 2009.
Initially signing a one-year deal for 2015, Wicks was quickly signed for this season following his promising return to first grade at the Eels.
Parramatta's recent troubles with the salary cap has galvanised the 30-year-old, who said the club's ongoing changes are exciting.
"I love it at Parramatta, it's a pretty thick-skinned club. It's on the up and up. We'll get this season out of the way and things will be rolling," Wicks said.
"Things are looking up. The board is doing whatever the board is doing, which has nothing to do with us anyway. Things at the club are starting to come together."
Wicks went on to add he is in no way disappointed in Eels playmaker Corey Norman, who last week was handed an NRL-enforced eight-game suspension after he was charged with illicit drug possession.
"'The Normz' is 'The Normz', he's doing well. He's rolling with the punches and doing the best he can. It's hard to get into his head but he has a smile on his face," Wicks said of Norman's wellbeing.
"I'm not disappointed in him, I've made a lot worse mistakes than what he's made, you know what I mean? I'm not disappointed in any way, shape or form. I just want the best for him."
With six weeks remaining in the regular season and the Eels out of finals contention, Wicks was adamant his side won't be going finishing their year without a fight.
"It's very easy to get up for the final six weeks. We're playing for each other and we have built something this year that we don't want to throw away by playing like rubbish," he said.
"We owe it to our supporters and more importantly ourselves. When whatever hit the fan, knowing that your mate has your back it makes things a lot easier. It's about turning up for one another now."