Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since 2017 Mitchell Moses has been the leader for the Parramatta Eels in attack through good times and bad.
Moses’ first season at the club was a huge success as the Eels made their first finals series in eight years and finished in the top four.
The following year was the complete and utter opposite as Moses was heavily criticised after the Eels finished last on the NRL ladder.
In 2019 fans were quick to change their tune on Moses as he was key in Parramatta’s return to the finals following a short hiatus and they have not missed the top eight since; however, the 27-year-old has at times been blamed for the Eels inconsistency and their periods of poor form.
Nobody can deny that Parramatta would be worse off without Moses but the looming question is can the club win a premiership with him as the halfback?
The Eels seem to think so as SEN’s Michelle Bishop is reporting that they are set to offer their halfback a big contract extension.
“He’s [Moses] under contract for 2023 and looks set to pick up an option in his favour for 2024, but negotiations are underway for a new deal,” said Bishop.
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“It’d make him an Eel for life, taking him through until the end of 2027, which would just about be the rest of his career as he’d be 33 (by the end of the deal).
“Reports are floating around that the deal is worth around $5 million this deal, that’s $1 million a year all up.
“I know he bought a family house in the inner west, he obviously doesn’t want to move, he’s pretty happy.”
Over the next five weeks Parramatta will face four teams currently in the top eight which includes a huge clash with the Brisbane Broncos and a grudge match against local rivals and defending premiers the Penrith Panthers at CommBank Stadium.
The Eels are currently in contention to finish in the top four and will need Moses to hit top form to have any chance of winning their first premiership since 1986 where they beat the Bulldogs in a tryless affair.