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Despite being a part of Ricky Stuart's 12-man list of players in exile three years ago, Reni Maitua has returned to the Eels during the 2017 preseason.
Speaking to the first grade squad at Parramatta Stadium, it's been reported by foxsports.com.au that Maitua has assumed an advisory role following his retirement at the end of 2016.
According to Maitua, the opportunity to give back to the code has resulted in him speaking at an NRL rookie camp, and more recently to the Eels players and staff.
“It was unreal to go back, because Parramatta were the ones who gave me the lifeline (after my drugs ban),” Maitua told foxsports.com.au.
“I made some good friends out there and it was good to see how much the place has changed. It looks like there’s a bit of stability out there.”
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