Moimoi toned and looking for game time

ADRIAN WARREN
Last updated 05:00 20/02/2013
Fuifui Moimoi
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ALL SET: Tough prop Fuifui Moimoi, pictured last season, has toned up for 2013 and is set to embark on his 10th first grade campaign with the Parramatta Eels.

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Parramatta cult hero Fuifui Moimoi is carrying a lot less fat and looking for more minutes this NRL season.

The New Zealand Test prop, who's rampaging runs have made him a huge favourite of the Parramatta faithful, is about to embark on his 10th first grade campaign with the Eels.

It will be be his first under new coach Ricky Stuart, a noted taskmaster who now has a trimmed down Moimoi at his disposal.

"He's a good coach. Everyone is getting fit. I'm getting my six-pack back," Moimoi said on Tuesday.

"I've lost a heap of fat and put muscle on."

The 33-year-old front-rower is renowned for performing in explosive stints off the bench, but would happily welcome the chance to play extended minutes.

"I want more game time on the field. I'll probably try to get involved in every play and get leadership on the field, to take the ball forward for the team," Moimoi said.

"I'm happy to come off the bench at the moment ... I don't know what he's (Stuart's) planning. I'm happy when I'm starting."

Parramatta started their trials campaign with a 46-10 win over Newcastle, but crashed to a 41-4 loss to Wests Tigers last weekend.

"It's only a trial. It's the first game back for everyone. We've got things to work on and get ready for this week," Moimoi said.

Moimoi said defence would be a key issue the Eels needed to address this week.

Fellow frontrower and new recruit Darcy Lussick also pinpointed defence as an area of improvement and like Moimoi wasn't fazed by the big loss to the Tigers.

"For a lot of the boys that was our first game since August. It was good to get out there and build a few combinations and just have a run again," Lussick said.

"We're not panicking or anything like that."

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