“An asterisk next to the name – that doesn’t mean anything. We win the comp, it’s going to have the same feeling,” Jennings said.
“I don’t care if there is an asterisk next to it. There are a lot of our players that feel the same, asterisk or no asterisk. Winning a comp is winning a comp.”
Eels captain Gutherson echoed the star centre’s comments.
“I don’t think whoever wins is going to have an asterisk next to their name. It’s still a 20-round comp,” he said. “We’re still putting in the same work, we’re still training the same. It’s nothing different. I can’t see whoever wins it is going to cop having an asterisk next to it.
“We’re still putting in the same work and putting in the same effort to win. It doesn’t take anything away from winning the comp.”
Jennings is one of the few players at the club who knows what it takes to reach the top, having tasted premiership glory with the Roosters in 2013.
He can see similarities between the current Eels crop and the players Trent Robinson took to the title seven years ago.
“It’s obviously a different team but we all have the same drive here. It’s similar to when I was at the Roosters. Everyone is on the same page wanting to win the comp,” he said.
“We have great depth. There is just a really good feeling. I’ve just got a really good feeling about this squad. We’re stacked throughout the whole team. It’s just a good feeling – it’s a real similar feeling.”
While all the Sydney NRL clubs were put through their paces, the Storm started their second pre-season in Albury.
But not before Josh Addo-Carr fronted the players to apologise for his role in the social distancing scandal that rocked the game last week.
“He addressed the team and it was pretty full on for him to get in front of the group and admit he stuffed up, which he did,” Storm forward Felise Kaufusi said.
“He’s come back with some PBs [personal bests] – I think he’s taken this to his heart and very personal. He wants to show us it was a mistake and he’s going to do the best he can for this team going forward.”
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.