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Hindmarsh re-signs with Eels

By Steve Jancetic 20/05/2009 06:47:53 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta veteran Nathan Hindmarsh has turned his back on big money offers from the English Super League to focus on winning an NRL premiership with the Eels.

And it's something the former Test forward believes is eminently possible before he finally hangs up his boots at the end of the 2012 season after re-signing with the club on Wednesday.

"That was another big decision in me staying at Parramatta, I'd love to win a grand final here," Hindmarsh said.

"Having an opportunity and losing it just makes me more determined to win one at Parra and I think Ando (coach Daniel Anderson) could be the coach who could get us there."

Hindmarsh added another two years to his deal which expired at the end of next season, leaving him in line to become the first player to reach 300 top grade games with the Eels.

The 29-year-old had the option of walking out on the club for a Super League club after this season, but after exploring his options overseas, decided Parramatta was where he wanted to play out his career.

"It would be very hard for me to play against Parramatta in the NRL, if I was to leave I would have gone over to Super League," Hindmarsh said.

"I had an offer from a Super League club. It was very good money but I thought long and hard about it, sat down with my partner Bonnie and the kids were involved.

"I just thought the best decision was for me to stay in Sydney and at Parramatta. It was where my heart wanted to stay and I thought I would have found it very hard to go to England."

As he weighed up the England offer, Hindmarsh said his decision-making epiphany arrived two weeks ago at Eels training.

"I think it was just turning up to training, it was day like this, the sun was out and the boys were having fun," he recalled.

"I just thought this is what I like to do, this is where I am."

Hindmarsh admitted he met with Anderson to discuss his plans for the club moving forward, and claimed he walked away from the meeting confident the club could achieve success in the coming years.

After years of inactivity on the free-agent market, the club signalled its intention to bolster its squad with St George Illawarra prop Justin Poore and Sydney Roosters backrower Shane Shackleton in their sights.

"We're not travelling really well at the moment but Ando's got some great ideas in place - maintaining players and I think we're on the lookout for some players as well," Hindmarsh said.

"We've got the talent there already - look at Jarryd Hayne and the way he's hit form now, Krisnan Inu, Feleti Mateo, Kris Keating - we've got the talent we just have to get it together."

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