Pauli Pauli wants to be an Eel for life

Parramatta forward Pauli Pauli played his junior football for the Hills District Bulls.
Parramatta forward Pauli Pauli played his junior football for the Hills District Bulls.

The Parramatta Eels have announced the re-signing and contract extensions of seven players.

Forwards Pauli Pauli, Peni Terepo and David Gower have extended their stay with the blue and gold until the end of 2017, with Kaysa Pritchard, Vai Toutai and Joseph Ualesi re-signing for the 2016 season.

Holden Cup fullback Bevan French has also re-signed with the club until the end of 2018.

Pauli Pauli's re-signing is welcome news for the wrecking ball forward who would love to play out his career with the club.

Although he is still only 20, the 120-kilogram powerhouse has already made a big impact in his 26-game NRL career.

Pauli is a product of the Parramatta junior system, where he played his club football for the Hills District Bulls and played for notable rugby league school Patrician Brothers College in Blacktown.

He has good memories of his days with the Bulls, which helped him become the player he is today.

"That's where I started to develop all my skills," he said.

"I had a coach, Brett Turner, he's taught me a lot through the years and he's helped me to where I am now.

I'm happy I've been a one-team man and I hope it can stay that way."

In the more immediate future, Pauli will be looking for a strong finish to the 2015 season, where the Eels face a big challenge to make the semi-finals.

The Eels were well-placed on the back of a 10-point turnaround, thanks to two byes and three consecutive wins.

Their task has been made a little tougher after they missed out on a fourth straight win, going down 28-4 to the Bulldogs on Friday night.

With seven games remaining, the Eels are sitting in 11th spot on the ladder, with 18 points.

Their next hit out is against the second-placed North Queensland Cowboys on Monday, July 27 at 1300 Smiles Stadium.


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