Spoilt for choice: Eels’ outside backs


Michael Jennings (centre) – 212 games, 121 tries: The classy Australian and NSW representative is guaranteed a spot in the centres.

Josh Hoffman (centre, fullback) – 158 games, 47 tries: Hard-running 28-year-old Hoffman signed a three-year deal with Parramatta on Tuesday. A genuine backline utility.

Brad Takairangi (centre) – 102 games, 19 tries: A rangy and gifted ball-player, he is the incumbent centre alongside Jennings and recently signed a two-year contract extension.

Semi Radradra (wing) – 68 games, 60 tries: Despite a tumultuous 2016 season, the powerhouse international is a shoo-in for the Eels’ right wing position despite his recent Kangaroos snubbing.

Vai Toutai (centre, wing) – 34 games, 15 tries: At 23, the tackle-busting outside back will be hoping to add to his games tally after seven starts in 2016.

Clinton Gutherson (halfback, fullback, centre, wing) – 29 games, 9 tries: The creative ball-player impressed in a handful of outings in the halves this year. The utility is a strong chance to be Corey Norman’s long-term halves partner.

Bevan French (fullback; wing) – 13 games, 19 tries: A elusive with speed to burn, French has been promised first crack at fullback in 2017 after a stellar debut season. Was the club’s leading try-scorer in 2016.

Bureta Faraimo (wing) – 15 games, 9 tries: The hard-running 26-year-old, known for his finishing, appears set for the fringes after just two games in 2016.

John Folau (centre, wing) – 8 games, 4 tries: The younger brother of Wallabies star Israel Folau played only one game in 2016 in round 26. At 193cm and 111kg, the 22-year-old could be just as much of a line-breaker as his famed sibling.

George Jennings (centre) – 5 games, 2 tries: The highly rated brother of Michael has joined the Eels after five games with Penrith. Like his brother, appears silky and elusive.

Honeti Tuha (wing, fullback) – 0 games, 0 tries: Did not play in the NRL this year after joining from Newcastle at the end of 2015. Was solid for Wentworthville in the NSW Cup.

Scott Schulte (wing) – 0 games, 0 tries: The 20 year-old versatile back joined from North Queensland at the end of last year. Also featured prominently for the Magpies.

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