Eels sign Harrison
Saturday June 30, 2012
The Parramatta Eels have snared one of the NRL’s top young back-rowers in Manly’s Daniel Harrison, with the 24-year-old agreeing to a two-year deal with the Club from next season.
Harrison has played 14 of the Sea Eagles’ 15 NRL games this season in a Premiership-winning side boasting international back-rowers Tony Williams and Glenn Stewart.
The Gosford product will join fellow Manly recruit Darcy Lussick at the Eels in 2013 with a reputation as a hard working up-and-comer, but it was his ability to offload which most appealed to Eels coach Steve Kearney.
After taking out the inaugural Toyota Cup Player of the Year award while at the Bulldogs in 2008, Harrison has developed into a regular first-grader at the Sea Eagles.
“When you look at some of the competition for spots in that Manly team and the personnel they have, it’s impressive how far Daniel’s come along this year,” Kearney said.
“What’s probably not as obvious is he’s got plenty of ability with the ball in hand, particularly on the edges with his offloading ability.
“He’s got plenty of talent and a great attitude…he’s the sort of young player we want at this Club.”
In announcing his signing with the Eels, Harrison paid tribute to his Manly teammates.
“I came to Manly looking to break into first grade and I got the opportunity under Tooves and Des before him – and I love playing with the boys there,” Harrison said.
“It was a tough decision to leave but they are building a great team out at Parra and I’m really excited to be part of it.
“Their whole setup from the juniors up to the first grade side is impressive and I think it’ll be a good environment for me to play my best footy.
“We’re only half way through this season so for me it’s now all about working as hard as I can for Manly and hopefully gaining more first grade experience as the year goes on.”
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