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Eels bid farewell to NRL veteran Mannah

Parramatta have used their end-of-season awards night to farewell former captain and long-time servant Tim Mannah from the NRL club.

Mannah, who was close to a dramatic move to the Wests Tigers in June, hasn't been sighted in first grade since being dropped to the Canterbury Cup in May.

It is unclear whether Mannah intends to play on next season, however, barring a front row crisis in the finals, has seemingly played his final game for the Eels.

"I've got so many memories," Mannah said during Monday's Ken Thornett awards.

"I've had 10-11 years in the NRL, but I've been here since I was 14, so many years of my life that has had a huge impact on the person and man I've become."

Mannah has played all 11 seasons of his career at Parramatta, including a rookie campaign that included their famous run to the 2009 grand final.

Having quickly carved out a reputation as a reliable front-rower, he played the first of his four State of Origin games for NSW the following season.

"Looking back growing up, I was never the most talented player. But for me, what I always had to rely on was hard work," Mannah said.

"My work ethic is something I definitely got from my father, who I looked up to."

However the 31-year-old will arguably be remembered as one of the Eels' most loyal servants, helping lead the club through the salary cap dramas of 2014.

His 233 games is the sixth-highest count in club history, more than legends Peter Sterling and Michael Cronin, as well as former teammates Fuifui Moimoi and Jarryd Hayne.

All up, Mannah was skipper for almost 100 games.

"It's more of a strength of mine to help mentor the boys coming through," he said.

"We're really lucky at this club that we've got a really good bunch of young kids coming through. There's a lot of people in this room who are really excited about the development of some of these guys.

"I'm really grateful for the opportunity I've had to see all these people grow up and I look forward to seeing these guys really make the NRL their own."

Star halfback Mitchell Moses claimed the Ken Thornett medal for player of the year, while Shaun Lane and Clint Gutherson were given coach's awards.

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