Bennett gives Demetriou early mark as Jai Field pops up at Parra


The former Dragon speedster, who was meant to link with Super League club Leeds on a two-year contract, inked a trial-and-train deal with the Eels on Thursday.

He was a little nervous playing fullback, but Field hopes he can land a late, late deal out west.

A visa issue with former Bulldogs forward Rhyse Martin meant there were no more overseas slots for Field at Leeds, which left him stranded on the other side of the globe for the summer and forced to train by himself.

Tom Burgess led the charge for Souths in the absence of retired brother Sam.Credit:NRL Photos

“It was meant to be two years over there, but we’ll see what happens,” Field said.

“I think the deal with Leeds is still there, but I’ve got a train-and-trial here and if things work out I’d love to stay.

“I’d done nothing since last year. It’s tough training by yourself. The lungs felt it tonight, but it was good to have a run around and have a blow.”

Field played 11 games with the Dragons over three seasons and said ”maybe it was a case of both me and the club out-growing each other”.

Eels coach Brad Arthur was happy there were no injuries and with Field’s effort, especially given he only arrived 24 hours earlier.

“We threw him out there. He did alright, he’s fast,” Arthur said.

“He’ll train and trial, and we’re a bit light on for depth in the outside backs.”

The Eels started with a solid forward pack including new recruit Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

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The former Panthers recruit was only given a 20-minute stint and thought he had scored in his first Parramatta outing.

He is expected to punch out up to an hour next Saturday in Bega against his former Panthers teammates.

Souths will roll out all their stars in Mudgee next Saturday as they chase an eighth straight win over the Dragons in the Charity Shield.

Recently retired Souths favourite Sam Burgess posed for photos as the players made their way to the sheds at half-time while another great, Greg Inglis, was impossible to miss in the blue trainer’s shorts for two grades.

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