Barrett had been linked with the Dragons, whom he captained as a player, in the last few days, but opted to join the blue and gold instead.
“Trent has a wealth of football experience which he has harnessed over almost three decades as an elite player and coach, I’m sure he will contribute significantly to help enhance our football program,” head coach Brad Arthur said.
Barrett parted ways with the Bulldogs back in May, after a disappointing start to their campaign – it was his second head coaching gig in the NRL, having previously coached Manly from 2016 to 2018, with stints as an assistant at Penrith on either side.
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“Brad identified Trent Barrett as someone who could add great value to our football program,” Eels football manager Mark O’Neill said.
We all agreed that to be the case based on Trent’s credentials and experience. I know he will be a wonderful fit for our club as we seek to continuously improve each and every year. I look forward to welcoming Trent and his family to our club”.
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