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Mitchell Moses ‘happy’ at Parramatta but says no deal done yet with Eels

Sporting News logo Sporting News 4/05/2021 Steve Orme

He repeatedly declared he is ‘happy’ at Parramatta and was gushing in his praise of head coach Brad Arthur – but half-back Mitchell Moses is yet to ink a contact extension with the Eels.

The 26-year-old has an option in his favour to stay at the Eels in 2022 but is expected to sign a new deal in the coming weeks.

Moses is a man in demand with the Brisbane Broncos making a bold play for the No.7’s signature in recent weeks.

According to reports, Kevin Walters and co are prepared to pay as much as $1 million a season to lure the former Wests Tigers playmaker to Red Hill.

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Moses’ next move will have a domino effect on the player market, with the Broncos also pursuing South Sydney captain Adam Reynolds.

There has been growing speculation in recent days that Moses is set to turn down the Broncos and remain at Parramatta for less money.

Moses was somewhat coy on his future on Tuesday but gave the strongest indication yet he is set to stay loyal to the Eels.

“I don’t care about money to be honest, it’s not about that,” Moses said.

“It’s about where I’m going to play my best footy.

“I’ve played int teams that have lost games and not had the best seasons and I’d rather be happy somewhere playing good footy and winning games than money.”

Moses in in his fifth season with the Eels and ninth in the NRL after debuting with the Tigers as a teenager in 2014.

He admits his next decision is a pivotal moment in his already impressive 158-game career.

“It’s massive, I’m 26 at the moment, it’s going to be a big decision for myself and that’s probably why it’s taking a bit,” he said.

“My management is all over all that stuff at the moment so they’ll let me know when something’s ready to sign.

“But it is a big decision for my football career and it’s something that I don’t really want to rush into.

“… I’m happy here at Parramatta at the moment.

“It’s all a process at the moment, my management will let me know when something’s ready to sign but yeah, it’s pretty much up to them and Parramatta to sort something out.”

Pressed on the main factors that will determine his final decision, Moses lauded coach Arthur’s influence on the club.

“Obviously I’m happy here at the moment, we’ve got a great squad here and what Brad’s done in the last couple of years is massive,” he said.

“You can just see the difference that he’s made at the club in the players that he’s bought and the values that he’s got out of the players that have come here.

“… The club’s bought pretty well I guess but it’s the way that Brad’s got those players on board and just come straight into our system.

“It’s whatever players comes into our system, they know exactly what their role is and they’re doing a great job at that, so it’s a credit to Brad and what he’s doing here.”

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