Eels Coach Brad Arthur On Who Will Be The Eels' Number One

Who will get first crack?

Eels Coach Brad Arthur On Who Will Be The Eels' Number One Getty Images

Eels coach Brad Arthur has revealed Clint Gutherson will likely miss the start of the season, with the former Sea Eagle still recovering from a knee injury.

Arthur also revealed who will get first crack at the number one jersey in Gutherson's absence. 

"Gutho, I think he won't start the season. We know he won't be ready until a couple of rounds in," Arthur told Sky Sports.

"That'll give Bevan an opportunity. He's (French) done a lot of weights and put on a bit of size and strength. He's worked really hard on his fitness." 

This all but confirms recruit Jarryd Hayne will start in the centres. 

Possible Round 1 Starting 13: 

1. Bevan French

2. Kirisome Auva’a

3. Michael Jennings

4. Jarryd Hayne

5. Josh Hoffman

6. Corey Norman

7. Mitchell Moses

8. Tim Mannah

9. Cameron King

10. Kane Evans

11. Manu Ma’u

12. Tepai Moeroa

13. Nathan Brown

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