When looking back at this season from the Parramatta Eels it is hard to put into words how disappointing it has been. Touted as a genuine premiership contender before a ball was kicked at the start of the season, there was hope among the Eels faithful they could win their first premiership since 1986.
On the back of the excitement of their backline including Mitchell Moses, Corey Norman, Bevan French and the returning Jarryd Hayne it seemed it would be a foregone conclusion they could improve on their top four finish from last season. However, that would not be the case as injuries and sudden loss of form from key players meant they would finish with the dreaded wooden spoon with a record of six victories and 18 losses.
There were signs in those six victories of a good side but everyone expected better so with the only way being up everyone around the club will cross fingers and toes for a return to form in 2019.
Before we look forward to season 2019, let's deconstruct the 2018 season from the Parramatta Eels.