New NRL deals for Eels Folau, Takairangi

Parramatta have re-signed outside backs John Folau, Brad Takairangi and Bureta Faraimo to new NRL deals.

Folau and Takairangi will stay with the Eels for two more years – to the end of 2017 – with Faraimo signing for one additional season.

“It’s great for us as a club to be able to retain quality talent and build stability, which is exactly what (coach) Brad (Arthur) and his team are doing,” Parramatta CEO Scott Seward said.

“I look forward to seeing what our coaching staff and team achieve not only this season, but in the years to come.”

“All three players have been great for us at Parramatta, and their commitment and dedication means we’ll be seeing more of them over the next few years,” Arthur said.

“The stability is great for the players and for the club; they know they’re committed to us and we’re committed to them and they can concentrate on playing football.”

The 19-year-old Folau – younger brother of dual international, Israel – made his NRL debut in round three this season, and scored two tries in his first home game at Parramatta against South Sydney.

“Johnny is big and strong and has plenty to offer with the ball, and he’s still learning his trade,” Arthur said.

“He’s a couple of games into his NRL career and the great thing is he knows that he’s got a long way to go and a lot of improvement left in him.”

Takairangi, 25, joined the Eels only this season, and has already made an impact.

“Brad’s been a great addition to the team and he’s the sort of player I like – he’s got plenty of footy in him and he’s worked really hard to improve his defence,” Arthur said.

“He’s added a bit of steel to our left side and developed a really strong combination with Corey Norman.”

The 24-year-old Bureta Faraimo joined the Eels in 2014, making a name for himself with the Wentworthville Magpies in the NSW Cup, before debuting in first grade late that season.

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