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globalrugbyleague - Mon, 12 May 2008 23:28:00 GMT
Eels halfback Brett Finch has agreed to a new three-year deal which will keep him at the club until the end of season 2011.
Finch – who kicked Parramatta to victory over the Dragons on Sunday via a field goal - was a vital signing for Parramatta after Tim Smith was released in late April to overcome his battle with bipolar disorder.
The new deal was announced on the eve of State of Origin selections being unveiled with Finch one of only a few candidates reportedly in the running for the Blues number 7 jersey.
Securing his signature means the 26-year-old will play his 200th first grade game in blue and gold against the Broncos in round 12 pending no bad luck with injuries.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the players and coaching staff, I’ve really enjoyed my footy over the past 18 months under Michael Hagan and I’m looking forward to that continuing between now and 2011”, Finch said after being taken off the NRL meat market.
Coach Michael Hagan couldn’t keep his joy at retaining the services of Finch under wraps either.
“I think he’s shown more consistency and understanding of the game this year than he has in his whole career, he’s been instrumental in keeping us in games and helping us to win games this season”, admitted Hagan.
“His temperament and confidence is a real plus for him at the moment and I look forward to him playing as vital a role both for the remainder of this year and also in coming seasons. “

Some Eels fans will now be hoping Finch isn’t selected for State of Origin.

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