Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Parramatta Eels just can’t seem to catch a break as last season they were beaten by the Penrith Panthers with ease in the NRL Grand Final and missed out on re-signing Isaiah Papali’i and Reed Mahoney.
Now they have the headache of trying to secure the services of both Dylan Brown and Mitchell Moses for 2024.
Both players are currently free to negotiate with rival clubs as Brown will be coming off-contract and Moses has an option in his favour.
Talks of Brown gaining the interest of The Dolphins and the New Zealand Warriors have emerged while Moses has been linked with a move back to his former club the Wests Tigers.
However, it seems another club has joined the race for Moses as Fox League’s James Hooper is reporting that the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs are looking to sign the half.
“Powerbrokers at Canterbury-Bankstown have also identified Moses as the no.7 who can help pilot the club back towards being a top four side and have discussed making a major play to try and land his signature from arch-rivals Parramatta,” said Hooper.
“The development should have alarm bells blaring at the Eels because the Bulldogs are clearly a club on the way up and a halves combination of Moses and Matt Burton in 2024 would transform the Dogs into a serious title contender.”
For the past half-decade, the Bulldogs have been unsuccessfully searching for a half that can take them back to the finals.
Over the past two seasons the club has invested heavily in a rebuild that has paid off to an extent but if they want to reach that next level Moses would be a near-perfect signing.
Last year there were rumours that Moses was in serious negotiations with the Brisbane Broncos before he ultimately re-signed with the Eels on a lucrative deal and the Broncos signed Adam Reynolds.
Next season will be huge for Moses as there will be even more pressure on him to keep the Eels contending for a premiership as they lose multiple stars.
If he can do that then the 28-year-old will be able to demand a contract with a big wage no matter where he ends up.