Gutherson signed, now Moses is ready to commit to Eels


“(Gutherson’s signing and) also getting Brad done at the start of the week are two big gets for Parramatta,” Moses said.

“They’re heading in the right direction. Knowing who is the coach and knowing who will be the coach for the next couple of years helps (your own decision), it all comes into it.

I’m not sure when the deal will get done, but they’re working to get something done.

“I’ve been clear with Parramatta that I want to stay there. I know my management is doing everything with Parramatta to get a deal done.

“It obviously takes time, my management has been good with myself, I know they are working with Parramatta behind closed doors to get a deal done. They have been good and for me it’s just about playing footy. That’s my job, it’s not about contract stuff.

“I’m not sure when the deal will get done, but they’re working to get something done.”

Gutherson’s signature ends months of public and protracted negotiations, with the fullback finally accepting the club’s offer after it opted not to table him the fourth year he was seeking. The Eels have been privately frustrated with Gutherson’s agent, believing he was behind an orchestrated public campaign to raise his asking price. Manly was used as leverage to up his price, but it is understood the Sea Eagles were never genuinely in a position to entice him back to the northern beaches.

Jumping on board: Mitchell Moses is trying his hand at football coaching.

To break the impasse, it is understood the Eels upgraded Gutherson’s 2019 deal as a sweetener to sign.

Moses also went through a very public negotiation when he was last off contract. A member of the so-called ‘Big Four’ at the Tigers, he eventually signed with the Eels after talks with the joint-venture club spectacularly broke down.

“Obviously what happened last time in the negotiations with the Tigers didn’t go well,” he said.

“It got a bit messy and I learned a lot since then. I don’t want it to be played out in the media. Parramatta and my management have been good. I’ll have my full focus on Parramatta.”

Moses hasn’t any current aspirations to transition into coaching when he retires, but responded to a challenge on social media to assist amateur soccer team Sydney CBD FC, who compete in the eastern suburbs football league. The 24 year old will help inspire the underperforming soccer side ahead of their clash with Phoenix FC on May 25 as part of a promotion for haircare company Head & Shoulders, for whom he is an ambassador.

“They’ve had an up-and-down season, we’ve had an up-and-down season, so I’ve just jumped on board,” Mitchell said.

Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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