Upcoming farewells to spur Eels on: Brown

Parramatta, fifth eighth Dylan Brown, said the difficulty of saying goodbye to six teammates gives the Eels even more motivation in their sudden death semifinal.

Of the six clubs still vying for the premiership, the Eels are preparing to part ways with most of their squad.

Isaiah Papali’i, Reed Mahoney, Oregon Kaufusi, Tom Opacic, Marata Niukore and Ray Stone are expected to leave the club, with all but Stone set to face Canberra on Friday.

The start list could also grow, as Samuel Loizou, Uinitoni Mataele, Solomon Naiduki and Hayze Perham are without a contract for next season.

The Eels’ desire to break their hoodoo in the semifinals is well documented: Parramatta has retired in the second week of the series finale for the past three years.

But Brown said there would be more to raise Parramatta this week.

“It motivates us, the players leave,” he told AAP.

“There is a good piece, six guys. We understand that, given the quality of our game, it would be a kind of waste to stop now. “

Brown returns with Kaufusi and Mahoney, to their progression through the junior Parramatta system as teenagers.

“I play Oregon at SG Ball and was living with Reed at the time,” he said.

“(Mahoney) was full of energy and continued. He was clean but he always messed up or something. It was nice to have him around. “

From now on, any match could be Brown’s last alongside Kaufusi and Mahoney, joining the Dolphins, joining Canterbury.

Although his focus is on the Raiders, Brown couldn’t help but think about next year.

“It’s going to be weird, knowing they won’t be there, you’ll have to change the way you play,” he said.

“It will just be very different.

“Hopefully they can leave us on a positive note.”

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