PARRAMATTA Eels co-captain Tim Mannah has had only one problem this pre-season — trying to work our which new recruit has impressed him the most. The answer? All of them.
"They have all been great. The new boys have brought a great energy to the club and everyone is looking forward to getting out there and play," Mannah said.
"There is a great feel around the place heading to round one and the boys are keen to get out there and put in some good performances."
Of the recruits, much of the focus has centred around the big four: Will Hopoate, Lee Mossop, Corey Norman and Nathan Peats.
While Mossop will miss the start of the season with a shoulder injury, the other three will be key players when the season kicks off on Sunday.
One player who knows the importance of the trio is fellow Eels captain Jarryd Hayne.
Hayne, Norman, Hopoate and Peats will be entrusted to provide the bulk of the attacking spark in 2014.
"Will Hopoate has picked up where he left off and I think he'll really be a quality player for us. He's probably the most motivated person I've seen train, always doing extras and doing little things right," Hayne said.
"Especially with Corey [Norman] and Peats [Nathan Peats] around the halves and hooker, so that's something we need to work hard on and get the combinations right."
One combination that has gelled is between new coach Brad Arthur and the players.
Hayne praised Arthur for creating a new upbeat vibe around the club.
"I think Brad is probably the first coach that I can really feel like that he'll be at Parra for a while. He is really passionate and is focused on Parra," said Hayne, who will play at fullback after starring for the Kangaroos in the centres.
"He genuinely loves the club and is a honest person. I can't see him going anywhere else."
Off the field, the Eels are also starting to turn things around starting with chief executive Scott Seward. Seward said stability was key in the Eels crawling off the bottom of the premiership ladder.
"We've been through a lot of change as a footy club," Seward said. "We are stable now. We are confident in the plans and structures we've put in place. We want a bit of pride and passion in the jersey again and show the people the difference we are trying to make."