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Huge wrap on Parramatta Eels' 17-year-old Bevan French

Discussion in 'Parramatta Eels' started by El Diablo, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Tone83

    Tone83 Juniors

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    Correct. And my dad is GI's brother in law, which is how we were able to get into his apartment when he wasn't home. We've all heard the stories of GI's Brother in law's infiltration skills.
     
  2. Bigfella

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    Should we bring bevan through u-20s and Wenty or Queensland cup and tone's living room?
     
  3. The EELiminator

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    why bother he will be playing for the dogs in 4 years anyway
     
  4. parra pete

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    If French has been under the care of Nathan Blacklock, that would ensure he is a person who has been pointed in the right direction.
    Nathan is one of the most impressive blokes I know, a former player who is doing outstanding work in mentoring young blokes..a great role model for players who want to follow in his footsteps.
    Good article by Nick Walshaw too.
     
  5. Maroubra Eel

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    Nick Walshaw always like to write positive articles.
     
  6. The Colonel

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    Very much so. The kid has a way to go yet but having talked to some of the Boomerangs players that have seen him play he can do just that.

    As for 76 kilos. He is seventeen and he still has a bit of growing to do. Having not done any weights as the article suggests he will gain some benefit from that as he progresses.

    Time.
     
  7. parra-matters

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    had dinner last month with a businessman from Inverell , we started talking footy and Bevan's name came up, he said he knows the family and has meant bevan a few times and he is very level headed, a great sportsman and a credit to his family.
    He said he is a mature beyond his years and could not see him getting caught up in the Sydney party lifestyle as he is not that type of kid.
     
  8. parra pete

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    Nathan told me that he (Nathan) came to Sydney weighing 60kgs...and had never been in a gym. But he was determined to make 'it'. He made huge sacrifices to come to Sydney, but his determination paid off. French does sound like an Albert Kelly prodigious type player, but the fact that he is going to do a Uni course as well as his football, suggests to me the Eels will be keeping a fairly close eye on him.
    No doubt, "Tinga" will be in contact with him also checking on his progress - as will Preston Campbell.
    These blokes are no mugs. They know the opportunity that is there for the young bloke if he can handle the pressure of living in the City.
    Tinga also told me that when he first came to the Big Smoke, he and another Tinga boy, PJ Ellis, were told the Roosters had lined up accommodation for them. The accommodation was at a Backpacker Hostel where he and PJ were the only two in the joint who could speak and understand English.
    He said he received a letter from his dad once a week encouraging to 'do his best'. That sort of parental encouragement made a huge difference to how Nathan adapted to living in the City.
    He said he used to get up at 4am every morning to go to work, catching a bus, a train, and a bus to get there, and when he knocked off, went to the Gym EVERY DAY to work on weights, and it got to the stage where he could 'pump iron' with the best of them.
    Nathan said that he kept all his dad's letters, and gets them out to read when he needs inspiration.
    His father passed away just a week after seeing Nathan play for Australia.
    As I said, if Nathan Blacklock has anything to do with this kids development as a person, and as a player, the Eels have got themselves a player who will achieve lofty heights with the skills he possesses.
     
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  9. Utey

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    No doubt we paid the most which assisted with the "feeling".
     
  10. Joshuatheeel

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    Only 17, never done weights and is 76kg , he won't have any problems putting on 15-20 kgs depending on his frame.

    Does anyone know what position he plays and type of skills he has (is he a runner, or can he ball play, kick etc) ?
     
  11. The Colonel

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    Half, 5/8, Fullback.
     
  12. Poupou Escobar

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    He's a fullback/half with speed and footwork. Probably got some measure of passing and kicking skills.
     
  13. Tone83

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    76 kgs at 17, having never done weights, and being an indigenous fella (often really skinny unlike islanders), isn't that bad. Nothing to say he couldn't play his first game at 90 something kilos.

    Anyone know how tall he is? I'm hoping tall and rangey, in which case size won't be a problem because he'll fill out and be a beast. A short little fella will probably be limited to the halves in the long run.
     
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    Here's a picture of him from the Tele. As you can see he's taller than the stadium floodlights:
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  15. Twizzle

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    could be pretty handy under bombs if he is that tall
     
  16. Tone83

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    Heh, but he actually looks on the shorter to average side, which isn't as exciting as if he was gangly and tall. At 17 I guess you never know, he could shoot up.
    I feel if he is short all he can hope to be is like barba, or a half.
     
  17. Noise

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    huh? If he can pick up a dally m medal (for the eels) i'll be happy
     
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    :lol:

    I wonder how much the floodlights weigh
     
  19. parra pete

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    You have to somewhere over a rainbow to find out how much a pie weighs....
     
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