Junior Paulo is determined to help take Parramatta to the next level after being named co-captain alongside Clint Gutherson for the 2022 NRL campaign.
The Eels are priced at 12/1 to win the 2022 NRL grand final and coach Brad Arthur will be hoping his new-look leadership group can help spur them on to premiership success.
The Eels have made finals for the last three seasons with Gutherson being skipper on his own, but in 2022 Arthur feels they could be best served with Paulo working alongside him.
Paulo has just penned a new deal that will run until the end of 2026, while Gutherson has also re-signed until the end of the 2025 campaign.
With the futures of both players locked in they are well set for success and Paulo cannot wait to play his role.
"I'm just so passionate about our team," Paulo told reporters on Friday. "It becomes a real care factor about finding ways to be better and finding what didn't go right and how we address that coming in the next morning when we all have recovery.
"I always have that belief and (know the) capability of what our team can produce.
"It's more so finding what it takes to take our team to the next level and becoming premiership contenders. That's what we're aiming to do."
Meanwhile Gutherson also has no issue with sharing the honour and is delighted two work alongside Paulo in the new season.
"You never know everything. I've always said that as a captain," the 27-year-old said. "I've been captain for a while now and you never know if everything is right or wrong."