Mannah: ‘We’re in our own bubble’

Mannah: ‘We’re in our own bubble’ Written by GREG PRICHARD , February 26, 2016

PARRAMATTA club captain Tim Mannah says the Eels are in a “bubble” that can’t be penetrated by enthusiastic predictions from the outside about them having a monster year.

The recruitment campaign that netted stars Kieran Foran, Michael Jennings, Beau Scott and Michael Gordon, followed by the Auckland Nines tournament win and good trial form in beating Penrith 22-8, has prompted finals-footy calls from fans and media.

Parramatta, who haven’t made the finals since 2009, when they went all the way to the grand final, and finished 12th last season, are being widely tipped to make the top eight and maybe even the top four.

But Mannah, who is the only player still at the club from that 2009 GF team, says he and the rest of the players are keeping their heads down and ignoring the hype.

“We’ve been protected from all of that,” he tells RLW.

“We’ve got a pretty strong little bubble where we are and we don’t let too many things affect us, so for us it’s about not getting carried away.

“We haven’t kicked a football in anger yet, so we’re not buying into the hype that everyone’s saying about us. For us, it’s about preparing for next Thursday night, when it starts, and trying to play our best footy every single week.”

The Eels are at home to last year’s beaten grand finalists, Brisbane, at Pirtek Stadium.

Mannah says the trial win over the Panthers showed the Eels will have a much better defence this season.

“It was a scrappy game and there were a lot of things we could have done better, but there were some good signs,” he says.

“The defence was definitely something we can be happy about. In attack, our combinations are still getting to know each other and we’ll only improve as time goes on.”

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