Parramatta prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard has launched an impassioned defence of coach Brad Arthur, telling critics they wouldn’t final per week in his job.
The strain has grown on Arthur for the reason that Eels’ straight-sets exit out of the NRL, with their semi-final exit marking the third time in 4 years they’ve fallen in week two.
Arthur stays a preferred determine among the many gamers, having twice taken them from the pits of the wood spoon to contenders.
Their third-place end this season was their greatest in 11 years, whereas Arthur had them firing on the prime of the ladder for the primary half of the yr.
However the staff’s capitulation final week has prompted questions over whether or not he can take them to the following step, amid rumours of a rift with normal supervisor of soccer Mark O’Neill.
Campbell-Gillard, who’s NSW State of Origin camp, nonetheless, stated any criticism of Arthur is unfair.
“I believe all these opinions have most likely bought to be saved to themselves. Brad is a wonderful coach, I’ll again him 100 per cent,” Campbell-Gillard informed AAP.
“All these stories, I discovered fairly off. That’s not what he’s about and it’s not what must be round about him.
“It doesn’t mirror all the pieces he does for everybody on the the membership.
“This competitors is a really robust competitors, if not the hardest on the planet.
“It’s very laborious to make semi-finals.
“Should you assume you may do a greater job, come attempt to do it. You wouldn’t final per week.”
Campbell-Gillard has spoken frequently this yr on Arthur’s influence on him on the Eels.
Out of shape and at a essential juncture of his profession when he left Penrith on the finish of final yr, Campbell-Gillard and Junior Paulo fashioned probably the greatest front-row mixtures within the NRL in 2020.
It earned them each a name up into the NSW squad forward of David Klemmer – with Paulo an Origin rookie and Campbell-Gillard returning after a damaged jaw ended his 2018 marketing campaign.
“Brad is unquestionably the bloke for the (Eels) job, he has turned my soccer round,” Campbell-Gillard stated.
“The respect he has for the gamers, and the gamers for him is huge.”