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Eels back Lane to overcome photo saga

By AAP Newswire

Embattled Parramatta forward Shaun Lane can play through his controversial photograph saga, his NRL coach Brad Arthur insists.

Lane is being investigated by the NRL after images this week emerged of him appearing to hold a plastic bag with a white substance.

The former Manly forward is tipped to receive a substantial fine, given the photos were taken during the Sea Eagles' Mad Monday celebrations last year.

"The NRL and the club is dealing with it," Arthur said on Thursday.

"But, in my time in dealing with Shaun, he's of good character and he's a good person.

"I'm 100 per cent behind him."

The developments have come with Parramatta on the cusp of clinching a finals berth less than a year after finishing with the wooden spoon.

But Arthur backed the 24-year-old Lane to battle through the drama when the Eels tackle last-placed Gold Coast on Friday night.

"Like I said, I'd only known him since he's been at our club but all the indications to me were that, while it's not ideal, he'd be able to handle it," Lane said.

Lane has been a revelation for the Eels since moving from Manly last year, averaging 101 metres and 25 tackles in almost 80 minutes a game this season.

Arthur described him as being one of his most reliable players.

"That period of losing a few games on the trot, he stood out more in those games where we haven't performed as well," he said.

"And that's probably a good sign of a good player."

The Eels can book their ticket to the finals with a win over the Titans.

Arthur said the goal now was to put together an 80-minute effort.

"We've been talked about our lack of consistency, so the fact that we have been in the eight shows that we have a level of some sort of consistency," he said.

"The lack of consistency's been over an 80-minute period, when we go into a period of the game where we concede a few tries and they're in big chunks.

"We've managed to reduce those chunks now to less damage.

"We still haven't got out an 80-minutes yet but that's something that we're striving for."