What happens on the field starts in the boardroom
AS Steve Sharp dusts the cabinet ready for the Auckland Nines trophy to take its place on the top shelf, every man and his dog has taken to the streets of Parramatta to crow about their Premiership push this year.
My social media feed has been filled with fans telling anyone who will listen "This is our year!"
But for a boy who grew up in the Parramatta District, it is just the same rhetoric I have heard since I was born. It is the same rhetoric since the last Premiership they won - exactly 30 years ago.
The biggest shame is Parramatta have a junior talent pool other clubs - like the Melbourne Storm - can only dream about. But there comes this point between junior football and breaking into first grade where Parramatta let them down.
The lack of conversion of players is an issue that starts at the Parramatta board - and ends at the Parramatta board.
So while Parramatta was successful at the Auckland Nines - credit where it is due - they will achieve nothing until their board is on the same page.
Hopefully with the ejection of Steve Shepherd last season, the Eels' management team can settle and all boardroom brouhaha can be left in the past.
With a father who bleeds blue and gold and still proudly wears his 1984 Eels jersey when he mows the lawn - I hope they have turned a corner.