Parra leader Hindmarsh in Lismore today
By Sports Editor IAN MONAGHAN
HE might be recovering from operations on both feet (the big toes, to be exact), but Parramatta's inspirational forward leader Nathan Hindmarsh will lead the club into Lismore in the lead-up to their NRL trial match against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday night at Oakes Oval.
Hindmarsh, and centre-winger Timana Tahu, will represent the Eels as an advance party at a host of public appearances and school visits.
Both have been ruled out of the trial, with Tahu also on the comeback trail, from a broken hand.
In an era when club allegiances are a rarity ? players tending to chase the big money on offer ? Hindmarsh is a 'dinosaur' (please don't take exception, Nathan).
As recently as yesterday, he declared the desire to stick with the club until 2010 on the basis of there still being 'a job to be done'.
He was referring to a premiership, of course, the trophy that has slipped from the Eels grasp so many times in the past 20-plus years.
Hindmarsh, not off contract until the end of 2008, added another two years to his stay at Parramatta, the club he joined as a 16-year-old after leaving his Southern Highlands home of Robertson.
In that time he has done it all ? Test football, Origin, and recognition as one of the best players in his position.
All ... except success on grand final day.