Mannah inspires passion

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23:  Tim Mannah of the Eels takes a break during the round three NRL match between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels at Brookvale Oval on March 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images) tim mannah, NRL round 3 2014. Picture: getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: Tim Mannah of the Eels takes a break during the round three NRL match between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels at Brookvale Oval on March 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images) tim mannah, NRL round 3 2014. Picture: getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12:  Tim Mannah of the Eels holds the Jon Mannah cup with his father Fred Mannah after victory in the round nine NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Pirtek Stadium on May 12, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images) Johnny Mannah Cup 2014. Picture: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Tim Mannah of the Eels holds the Jon Mannah cup with his father Fred Mannah after victory in the round nine NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Pirtek Stadium on May 12, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images) Johnny Mannah Cup 2014. Picture: Getty Images

TIM Mannah has played 129 consecutive games for Parramatta since he made his debut in the opening round of the 2009 season.

If he can continue that impressive streak for the next three years of his recently extended contract, he will be somewhere close to 250 games for the blue and gold.

Ahead of him on the list would only be Nathan Cayless, Ray Price, Luke Burt and Nathan Hindmarsh.

In short, he will join Eels royalty.

The Eels co-captain announced last week he has re-signed with the club until the end of the 2017 season.

At 26, the prospect of a new deal can be a tough decision.

Not for Mannah. He was simply staying at home.

"I'm very excited to be sticking around because Parramatta is home," Mannah said.

"I walk in the office and see people I've known since I was a kid; it's a place I love being at and I'm really honoured to be at this club.

"To pull on the blue-and-gold jersey means a lot, and to be able to play in a team I'm so passionate about and with a club that I love."

The Parramatta club loves Mannah too. Coach Brad Arthur said the Guildford Owls junior was more than a hard-working forward and inspirational leader.

"With Tim it's not just about the talent he brings on the field," Arthur said.

"He's the type of person you want to build your club around, and I'm glad to see him staying in blue-and-gold."

Last week Mannah launched the Mannah Foundation. Founded in honour of the legacy left by his late brother Jon "Johnny" Mannah, the Mannah Foundation forms partnerships with youth-led charities.

Details: mannahfoundation.org.

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