‘They’ve got no idea’: Mitch Moses defends Parramatta contract stand-off

As Mitchell Moses prepares to celebrate 200 games in the NRL, he’s running the gauntlet that only a long, drawn-out contract negotiation can provide as questions around his future at Parramatta continue to dominate the conversation.

In a media appearance to discuss his milestone match, focus quickly shifted away from Friday night’s assignment against Cronulla to when he was finally going to sign on the dotted line.  

“These things take time,” Moses said in a phrase he repeatedly circled back to during a testy six minutes in front of the cameras.

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The 28-year-old has been locked in discussions with the Eels for some time about extending his stay, with the Wests Tigers lurking in the background ready to regain his services.

In recent weeks, numerous reports have leaked out about the supposed terms and conditions Moses is requesting for what will likely be his final contract in the NRL, but he chalked it down to conjecture.

“People don’t know about the numbers that are involved,” he said.

“I think people are just guessing. Journalists are guessing and reporters are guessing what the numbers are- they’ve got no idea.

“I’ve just left it with my management and they’ve let me fully focus on football. Hopefully, it’s done soon.”

The contract saga has undoubtedly developed into an unwanted distraction for Moses with the majority of questions on Monday focusing on his contract, despite him still having a player option in his deal for 2024.

It was originally thought that the halfback wanted to have his long-term future sorted before round one, but that time has since come and gone with no sign of any new developments. 

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“What’s dragging on? I’ve still got another year on my contract,” Moses stated.

“I didn’t put a deadline on it. I would’ve liked it to happen then, but it wasn’t like I said it has to be done.

“I would’ve liked it to be done by then, but these things take time. I’ve worried about my footy, and Parramatta have been great with that.

“I’ve got management to make that decision for me. They worry about that side, and I worry about football. That’s what you’ve got management for.”

Moses reiterated his trust in his team to find a solution soon, while also praising Brad Arthur’s dealings with him throughout the negotiations.  

“We don’t even have to have those conversations,” he said of his coach. “But he’s been outstanding through the process.

“I’m not annoyed. Just those questions there were a bit annoying because they were all over the shop.

“I understand it’s frustrating, but these things take time. It’s a big decision I have to make. It’s a big decision at this stage of my career.

“I play 200 games this week, and however many I’ve got left I don’t know. I have to weigh up every option.”

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