Stuart's pledge to rebuild Eels
Major overhaul ... Ricky Stuart admits that there is a lot of work to do at the Eels. Photo: Supplied
Eels coach Ricky Stuart conceded the club was in need of a major overhaul as he declared his intention to rebuild Parramatta from the ground up.
Speaking for the first time since taking the reins on Monday, Stuart said it would take a lot more than just NRL success to lead the club in the direction he hopes to take it.
''It's not just about first grade, it's about the club - that's one thing I'll be driving into the players,'' Stuart said. ''It's not about the individual, it's not about the team, it's about the whole club. We are very much at the start of a huge rebuilding process. We go back to square one, right from the grassroots of it all.
''In regards to attack and defence, it's important that we educate the club culture in football the way myself, Dean [Pay, assistant] and Matty [Parish, assistant] want to have the boys playing.''
His bid to unite a fractured club began yesterday afternoon, when he held a training session for every player at the Eels.
It follows his decision to bring the first grade players back to training two months before the start of the official pre-season.
''For me it's a matter of coming back after the break and the players knowing me, and me knowing the players,'' Stuart said.