PARRAMATTA Eels skipper Nathan Hindmarsh has one word to sum up the first half of the season.
"Disappointing — that's the only way you can put it," he said.
"Everyone knows — fans, players, coaches — we have the cattle to play some good footy but we haven't clicked yet.
"Hopefully the win against the Sharks will spark us for the second half of the season."
The week off probably couldn't come at a worse time for the Eels.
As is the case with Parramatta when it rains, it pours with news.
In this case it is good news.
Not only did the Eels register their second win, they re-signed trio Joseph Paulo, Matt Ryan and Ken Sio and had four players selected in the under-18 State of Origin.
"It's good to lock in those guys," Hindmarsh said.
"The future is definitely looking bright with the talent we have coming through the ranks."
Hindmarsh singled out the blue and gold army for praise.
"As a player we really appreciate the support we have at Parramatta and, when the going gets tough, it's good to know we have the support of the fans," he said.
"It's been a tough start to the year and, hopefully, we can repay the fans for their faith."