In the first of our 2012 season reviews, Poupou Escobar takes a look at the year that was for the 16th placed wooden spooners, the Parramatta Eels.
Eels fans showed more fight than their team in 2012...
New Guys: Cheyse Blair (Roosters), Luke Kelly (Storm - mid season), Jon Mannah (Sharks), Jake Mullaney (Tigers), Daniel Penese (Dragons), Ben Roberts (Bulldogs), Chris Sandow (Rabbitohs), Troy Savage (Wentworthville Magpies), Nathan Smith (Bulldogs), Taulima Tautai (Sharks), Esi Tonga (Titans), Willie Tonga (Cowboys)
Thanks for the Memories: Karl Filiga (released), Chris Hicks (retired), Tom Humble (Tigers), Manase Manuokafoa (Bradford Bulls), Daniel Mortimer (Roosters), Pele Peletelese (released), Joel Reddy (Tigers), Jeff Robson (Sharks), Shane Shackleton (Panthers - mid season), Etu Uaisele (Panthers), Chris Walker (retired)
Guys Who Re-signed During the Year: Fuifui Moimoi (2014), Joseph Paulo (2014), Matt Ryan (2014), Ken Sio (2014), Ben Smith (2014)
Where it All Went Wrong: Pre-season. It began with the tragic loss of strength and conditioning coach Sean Burns in January, continued with poor form in the trials, and culminated with Jarryd Hayne