Parramatta Eels have won just once in their past five games and star forward Junior Paulo has issued a heartfelt plea to supporters to stick together with the side.
Prior to the past five weeks, the Eels had won three games in a row to sit pretty inside the top four of the play-offs.
However, since then, both Sydney and Manly have piled the pressure on with the Roosters now level on points with Parramatta and the Sea Eagles just two points behind.
And, with a tough run-in, the Eels’ spot in the top four could soon be lost.
To make matters worse, the Australian lockdown has imposed tough new restrictions on the general public, creating a much more hostile atmosphere anyway.
However, Paulo has spoken openly about the troubles the Eels have faced and called on supporters to continue their backing of the side.
“The last few weeks have been tough,” Paulo wrote.
“Not just for us players and not just on the footy field.
“Off the footy field, for our supporters and for those back home battling the lockdown.
“We are the same Parramatta team we were at the start of the season.
“We want to be able to give back to you, our supporters, and show we are a top four team and up for the challenge each and every week.
“We want to give you something to enjoy, something to believe in and look forward to.
“Yes we’ve had a rough patch of footy, but we do still have that fighting spirit.
“Leaning on one another right now is the only way we’ll be able to make it out of this rough patch … together.
“We’re still a top four team and we’re still in a position to play some very good football.
“The main goal is to finish in the top four.
“It’s certainly a task we believe and know is possible.
“We know we’ve got some tough opponents coming up, but as long as we’re going out there front loading our energy, we’ll put ourselves in a good position for winning.
“I can tell you now, we’ve got four weeks where we’ll have a red-hot crack.
“Everyone’s looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead and that starts with Manly this weekend.
“We’ve had some great times this year.
“And there’s still time for some more.
“Seeing some of our young boys make their debuts this year has been a huge highlight for me; Jake Arthur, Will Penisini and Sean Russell.
“We have the chance this weekend to get the win for two more debutants – Michael Oldfield and Makahesi Makatoa
“We want to get that winning feeling for them on their debuts.
“And for you, our loyal Parramatta Eels supporters.