Hindmarsh says Ferguson signing 'huge' for Eels
Parramatta great Nathan Hindmarsh said the signing winger Blake Ferguson is only the beginning as the club looks to move on from a horror season.
Writing in this week's Big League, the 330-game veteran is looking forward to seeing Ferguson excel in Eels colpours gold next year.
"It's not always easy trying to nab a star player when your club is on the bottom of the ladder, so Blake Ferguson's decision to join the Eels is a huge move going forward,'' Hindmarsh said.
"It is great for club to have someone of Ferguson's calibre commit for three years – he's a quality winger, and it's a sign that the Eels can attract players at their peak.
"The club has missed Semi Radradra a lot this year. He could spark the team with a long-range try, a big hit in defence or a bruising carry coming out of trouble to get his side on the front foot.
"Someone like Fergo can also create something out of nothing and isn't afraid to have that dirty carry when the team needs a lift, and that's why his signature is so important."
Hindmarsh also believes a fresh injection of talent is required in the engine room.
"They've got Junior Paulo coming back to the club, and I think he'll add a bit more weight and go-forward to the pack,'' he said.
"Nathan Brown's re-signing is great news, too, and there are a couple of exciting local juniors coming through. The remainder of the season is a wonderful opportunity for the players who are off-contract to prove themselves to Brad Arthur as he looks ahead."
With Jarryd Hayne's future still undecided, Hindmarsh admits even he isn't sure where his former teammate will end up.
"It is anyone's guess at the moment,'' he said. "Jarryd has played well the past few weeks, but if we do re-sign him, I think it will only be for one more year,'' he said.
"If Brad Arthur can nail the club's recruitment and retention, then 2019 could see a welcome return to the top eight."