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News Former Eels target DWZ could come back to bite them

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  1. Spoonman84

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    When Dallin Watene-Zelezniak met with Brad Arthur about a possible mid-season switch from Penrith to Parramatta, the coach told him he liked his aggression and saw him as a wonderful option in the centres or at fullback.

    The pair caught up at the Eels' training base in the north of Parramatta and appreciated each other's honesty.

    "Brad is an awesome coach, very honest, he told me how it would be if I went there, and I appreciated him taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with me. You can see why Parramatta are doing so well," Watene-Zelezniak told the Herald.

    As it turned out, Watene-Zelezniak, who was also on the radar of North Queensland and the Wests Tigers, signed with the Bulldogs, while the Eels jagged DWZ's former Panthers' teammate Waqa Blake.

    Right now supporters of both western Sydney clubs would agree Canterbury landed the better Panther.

    Watene-Zelezniak is back in the kind of form that helped elevate him to stand-in captain of the New Zealand Test team at the end of last year.

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    Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will try to ruin the top-four hopes of the club he considered joining, Parramatta.Credit:AAP

    It's also no fluke since his arrival at Belmore the club has enjoyed a late-season surge, with coach Dean Pay going as far to say late last month: ''I would love three or four more Dallin Watene-Zelezniaks.''

    Arthur will be hoping Watene-Zelezniak does not come back to haunt him as the Eels try to stay in the top-four race on Thursday night at Bankwest Stadium against a carefree Canterbury intent on a few more September-bound scalps.

    Watene-Zelezniak has fallen so in love with Canterbury he wants to extend his deal beyond the end of 2020.

    "The scary thing about the move was I had never changed clubs before, but the support for myself and my wife and children has made it so easy,'' Watene-Zelezniak said.

    "I took an 18-month contract, they took a chance on me, and I'm trying to do everything I can to return the favour. A happy player is a better player. I'm glad I made the decision to come here. I'd love to stay here.''

    As he was on the outer at his junior club Penrith, Watene-Zelezniak started to take a keen interest in the Eels and the performances of his potential future teammates. He could not have been happier with how Blake re-ignited his own career away from the foot of the mountains.

    Watene-Zelezniak has done a remarkable job defensively – the Dogs refused to concede a try against Souths last weekend – while his kamikaze-style kick returns have helped Canterbury start their sets in good field position.

    The return of fellow Kiwi – and former Eel – Kieran Foran had also been ''unbelievable'', said Watene-Zelezniak. The Dogs will not be pushovers the final three games of the season.

    "I love playing with him, he's everywhere, and he lets me know what he wants and I do my job. I'm like, 'whatever you want Foz, I'll do it'. He's an amazing player and a great asset to our team.''

    Meanwhile, coach Arthur confirmed Blake Ferguson was likely to return next weekend against Brisbane as he returns to full fitness after struggling with an infection following knee surgery.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/fo...d-come-back-to-bite-them-20190820-p52j1o.html
     
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  2. Spoonman84

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    DWZ is petty much my favourite player on this team and hes played less the 10 games for the club!
     
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    Already has bitten lol, and he will tonight fingers crossed. Nothing better than the win!!
     
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    So glad this guys in the mighty blue & white...love the way he plays.I'm really hoping to hear news of a contract extension before November so other clubs can't come sniffing around.
     
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    Best thing in the article was the fact that he said he loves the club and wants to stay here. The guy carries himself well and puts in the work, that is the type of player you want in your team.
     
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    This is a guy I'd be proud to see as a captain of our club.

    Respectful and likeable, I hope he stays on with us for the long term.
     
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    Given our horrific start, this is the most anticipated game of our season
     
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    If we win this game, I think we can win the next two and have a shot at the 8 spot... some results need to fall in our favour, but we have to do our part.
     
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    We've won 5 out of 8 games since he's joined us.
     
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    Love the way he plays. Doesn't matter if the first or the last minute, he hits the line at the absolute max speed he can. If only all our players did that.
     
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    He’s our next captain I’m certain he will play out his career with us
     
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    Gotta love this guy. He picked us even though we were the ugly girl at the dance.
     
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    Ugly girls try harder.
     
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    Coz he knows ugly girls give the best .........
    because they don’t know when the next one will be lol
     
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    I don't think I've ever seen the kennel so united in the opinion of a particular player.. no surprise really, everything about DWZ screams classy..
     
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    how stupid does Cleary and Penrith look atm for letting this guy go and paying some of the freight to do so ...
     
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    Get justin olam for hollands spot , dwz is breath of fresh air, thanks penrith!
     
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    The fat ugly girl with braces and red hair.. Oh and glasses
     
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    Ugly girls need lovin too.

    And they are not up themselves.
     
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    Truer words were never spoken.
     

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