Joey Lussick to ‘add quality and depth’ to Parramatta Eels with length of contract revealed

Drew Darbyshire
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Joey Lussick in action for Parramatta Eels in 2021

Joey Lussick has been backed to ‘fit in right where he left off’ after re-joining NRL side Parramatta Eels on a deal until the end of the 2025 season.

The 27-year-old has returned to Parramatta after leaving at the end of the 2021 campaign to join Super League champions St Helens.

Lussick, who made nine appearances for the Eels in 2021, played his final game for St Helens in their 12-10 Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Leigh Leopards.

And the Australian hooker has now put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Eels in the NRL.

Eels general manager of football Mark O’Neill said: “Joey will add quality and depth to our roster.

“He knows our systems and coaching style and will fit in right where he left off.”


Joey Lussick set to make second Parramatta Eels debut this weekend

The former Manly and Salford hooker scored 11 tries in 52 appearances for St Helens, helping Paul Wellens’ side win the Super League Grand Final last autumn and the World Club Challenge earlier this year.

Speaking in his weekly press conference, Eels coach Brad Arthur says Lussick is set to make his second debut for the club against Melbourne Storm on Friday night.

Arthur said: “He’s tough. He got in (Australia) on Monday night and he rocked up with Gutho (Clint Gutherson) on Tuesday at seven o’clock in the morning.

“We did a light session and he just watched most of it, did a bit of recovery, had a medical, sat in on our review and today he has done a few meetings, will do some work with the team and come off the bench for us on Friday night, maybe 25-30 minutes.

“It was a good fit for us because when he left the club we didn’t really want him to leave and he didn’t really want to go either but financially, it was a better situation for him to go overseas and he’s glad to be home.

“He knows the style of footy, how we play, what we like and don’t like. He plays pretty tough and keeps it simple, so I think he’ll be a good fit for us.”

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