Ricky Stuart vows to rebuild the Eels

Parramatta Eels coach Ricky Stuart has reaffirmed his commitment to rebuild the western Sydney club from the ground up.

Speaking at the re-signing of major apparel sponsor, the University of New England, the former Origin coach said it was ‘‘back to basics’’ for the Eels.

‘‘We are going back to square one, back to the grassroots of it all,’’ he said.

‘‘We are very much at the start of a rebuilding process.’’

He also declared his support for star halfback Chris Sandow after a less than ideal debut season in 2012.

‘‘I just want Chris to enjoy his football,’’ Stuart said.

‘‘I’ll do everything I possibly can to help Chris and every other player improve on their performance.’’

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