Coach spills the beans on Eels star’s future

Parramatta Eels coach Brad Arthur says keeping Mitchell Moses in blue and gold next season is a “high priority” as the club pushes for its first premiership in more than 30 years.

Moses has a clause in his contract which, if activated, will allow him to stay at Parramatta beyond this year.

As the NRL season rolls into round nine, the clock is ticking for Moses to make a decision but Arthur appears confident the club will maintain the five-eighth’s services into 2022.

“Our priority as a club with this squad that we’ve got, we want to try and keep them all together. We’ve made a couple of them high priorities and Mitchell is one of those players,” Arthur told NRL 360 on Monday night.

“We need to build our squad around Mitchell over the next couple of years.

“I’m confident that he wants to be at the club, I’m confident that the club wants him to stay. “He does have that option before round 10 and I’m sure things will work out in the long run for the best but these things just take a bit of time and process.

“I still think his best football is ahead of him.”

Arthur’s Eels have won seven of their first eight games. Picture: Jonathan NgSource:News Corp Australia

After his side’s win over the Bulldogs on Saturday, Moses indicated he hoped a decision would be made on his playing future in the coming days.

“The club and my management are trying to work it out at the moment,” Moses told NCA NewsWire.

“I haven’t heard anything, so I’ll leave that up to my management. Hopefully we can sort something out, but I’ve left it up to them, and they’ll let me know when something is ready to sign.”

The length of the contract is the sticking point, with Moses’ management keen on a four-year upgraded deal.

Should he choose to move on from Parramatta, Brisbane looms as the likeliest destination for the 26-year-old.

The Broncos are preparing to part ways with young playmaker Tom Dearden in 2022, while the million-dollar-a-season contract of Anthony Milford, who has spent time in reserve grade this year, runs out at season’s end.

It appears Moses has unfinished business at Parramatta, however, as the club’s premiership window remains open following its strong start to 2021.

“I love my time here at Parramatta, so hopefully something gets sorted out,” Moses said on Saturday.

Moses will have a chance to flex his muscles against boom rookie Sam Walker when the Eels come up against the Roosters in a Friday night blockbuster this week.

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