Eels Brad Arthur signs new contract, stays in Parramatta

Eels coach Brad Arthur has ended speculation about his future after closing a new deal to stay at Parramatta.

Arthur’s new deal will see him stay with the Eels until the end of the 2024 season.

Nine News rugby league reporter Michael Chammas confirmed the signing tonight.

“We certainly have a team that can push it with the best teams and we show it. We get closer,” Arthur told Nine News.

“The players didn’t lose their ability to play, we just didn’t have that real desire to put our bodies on the line for each other.

“Once we get it back, I think that’s what helped us finish the year.”

While the Eels reached the second week of this year’s final and only lost by a narrow margin to Penrith, Arthur’s future as coach looked cloudy.

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The Eels had a drop in form just before the final series, in which the club lost four straight games between rounds 19-22.

NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler was linked to the Eels’ work and answered a number of questions at the time.

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