French re-signs with Eels

The Parramatta Eels have announced the re-signing of 2016 Eels Rookie of the Year Bevan French until the end of the 2019 season.

French joined the club in 2013 and debuted in Round 12, 2016. He played 13 NRL games in 2016 and broke the Parramatta Eels record for the most tries in a debut season, previously held by Jarryd Hayne, crossing for 19 tries.

Coach Brad Arthur said that the contract extension is a reward for the hard work and commitment shown by Bevan since joining the club from Tingha in country NSW.

"Bevan's development this year was a real positive for the club and I am sure our members and fans are pleased that we have secured Bevan for at least another three seasons," Arthur said.

"We have had a strategy over the last two months to retain our key players and provide strong additions for our squad going into 2017. We have made good progress so far and it's our intention to continue this strategy as we lead into the 2017 pre-season."