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Hindmarsh looking after Eels' future

He won't be there to partake in the fruits of his endeavours, but that won't stop Parramatta skipper Nathan Hindmarsh doing his bit to build a brighter future for the NRL strugglers.
Hindmarsh looking after Eels' future
by NRL

By Steve Jancetic

SYDNEY, July 7 AAP - He won't be there to partake in the fruits of his endeavours, but that won't stop Parramatta skipper Nathan Hindmarsh doing his bit to build a brighter future for the NRL strugglers.

Barring a minor miracle, the Eels won't be playing finals football in Hindmarsh's farewell season, a disappointing end to what has been a glittering career.

But the workaholic back-rower says he still has a role to play in guiding the future of the club, which is why his motivation remains high despite seemingly little cause.

"We've got a reasonably young side that are learning ... I know they sound like excuses but that's where it's at," Hindmarsh said.

"Going into next year - it might sound a bit early to start thinking about that - I think we're looking good if we can get some combinations going.

"I'll be doing my best to try and guide blokes, mould them how I think they should be playing for next year."

Which may be part of the reason Hindmarsh has rediscovered the fountain of youth in recent weeks, his back-to-back efforts in running over 130 metres the past fortnight the first time he has achieved the feat in seven years.

He also says he is enjoying his footy and his long list of lasts, like his last visit to Brookvale Oval on Sunday to take on old foe Manly.

"Of course I'd rather be up in the semi-final race come the end of the season, but I'm enjoying my football this year," Hindmarsh said.

"I'm treating every day as my last."

The stakes are much higher for the Sea Eagles, who are expected to be without all three members of their star-studded backrow due to injury, as they try to push into the top four.

There's little chance of them taking their opponents lightly after the Eels came from nowhere to beat them 29-20 in round five.

"We didn't come in with the right sort of attitude," Manly back-rower Jamie Buhrer said of the loss.

"We spoke all week about how they'd be desperate to win but we didn't really implement that on the field.

"I think we've improved our attitude somewhat at this point of the year and we'll try and match their desperation."




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