Like it or not, Moses can take the time he needs to make one of the biggest decisions of his life

Mitch Moses’ contract saga continues to be the talk of the town.

The Parramatta Eels halfback is the man of the hour as everyone awaits a decision on his future with bated breath. Will he stay in Parramatta? Or will he return to Leichhardt? It’s like Ross and Rachel’s on-and-off relationship Friends everything again.

The ongoing drama surrounding Moses is frustrating for everyone involved. It’s strange that someone outside of this situation actually feels like they owe a decision.

The Eels believers, the general rugby league public and we folks who get to cover the game don’t own Moses. He also doesn’t have to rush to call his future to bring us closure or make our lives easier.

Rugby league players just can’t win. They screw up for signing with another team for more than a season and are then accused of not caring about their current club anymore and fans demand they leave immediately. The poor guys have been trying to do what they think is right by sorting out the following year and now being able to focus on their current team, but the angry fans want them chased out of town.

On the other hand, they take their time before making a decision and everyone goes insane because the waiting is so annoying them. And you need to know what will happen.

I hate to tell you, but no, it’s not, and no, you aren’t.

The Eels playmaker made headlines this week after being fired when asked why the decision on his future was pending and the idea that he was cash hungry. Fox commentator Michael Ennis believes that Moses previously saying that this would all be sorted out before the start of the season has a lot to do with the growing interest.

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“I think the speculation has increased because of the comment at the start of the season and Mitch is at such a big club that has a huge fan base, he’s in a key position,” said Ennis.

“And he is in many ways key to their style of football and their success, so to speak. And the fact that he had said he hoped everything would be tied before the start of the season has put the spotlight on the contract situation.

“Then the fact that it wasn’t done made everyone speculate, ‘why wasn’t it done?’ and what is going on?’ and ‘how real is this decision that he might join the Tigers?’

“I think given Mitch’s reaction the other day he’d like to get it done so he can just move on and focus on Footy.”

At 28, Moses decides where to end his football career. Not only figuring out where he wants to spend his final days playing the game he loves, but also where he wants his legacy to end and who he hopes to win a Premier League with.

And (now I know that might be hard for some of you to believe), but he also has a life OUTSIDE of football. So he also decides where he wants to live, where he wants to raise his family and where he wants to call home.

Then, of course, there is the issue of the almighty dollar.

There has been much speculation as to what offers are actually on the table for the halfback, with whispers that the Eels have been bidding around $1.1m a season for four years, while Moses’ old club, the Wests Tigers, have been for over five years $1.3 million a season beckons years under his nose to lure him back.

Mitchell Moses unloads the ball.

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“Sometimes, especially for those long contracts at the end of your career, when you have so many more responsibilities in your life — you have mortgages, you have families, your life changes, you have to make sure you’re putting in the time to make sure.” that it is the right decision in the long term. And that’s how it sounded to me for Mitch,” Ennis added.

“Of course, money plays a big role. But I think a big part of that is your happiness too. When you’re happy and you’re in an environment where you’re happy, your team is playing well, and you’re playing well, everything in your life seems a little more balanced.

“I think that’s what Mitch’s decision might be at the moment where the money I would envision might vary slightly from what’s on offer, but the bottom line is he’s weighing where he’ll be happiest and where he’ll be the best Will find balance to be the best footy player but also to be the best person he can be for his responsibilities whatever they are in his personal life.

“And it’s a tricky question that sometimes just can’t be an overnight decision.”

Talk about pressure. I can stare at our home freezer forever trying to figure out what I’m going to defrost for dinner — I have no idea how long it would take me to phone a potentially life-changing decision that affects my family on such a scale and involves millions of people Dollar. Although the pressure of choosing the right meal for every taste every night can be daunting.

But I digress.

All in all, Moses has until round 10 to decide whether or not to exercise the option to stay in Parramatta and I say he can use every second of the time available if he wants.

When all is said and done, Ennis believes Moses will remain in blue and gold.

Mitchell Moses of the Eels Kicks

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“I’ve always said I think he’s staying with Parramatta. Just seeing the relationship between him and Brad (Arthur), seeing how much he’s grown over the past five or six years and where the roster is at the moment.

“The pain of losing a big final, there is no greater motivation than trying to turn that around as a club and as a group of players and staff to try and win one together. Yes, I think he will stay in Parramatta.”

So if everyone could just stop, take a deep breath and realize that this is far bigger than any of us. Yes, Eels fans will be sad if their beloved halfback moves on, Tigers fans will be disappointed if they miss bringing him back and the rest of us will have to find something else to talk about.

In the end, it actually has nothing to do with anyone else outside of Moses’ immediate circle, and the decision won’t really have a significant impact on our lives.

Mitch if you happen to be reading this, take the time you have to choose the right path for you and your family and I hope you can block out all the fuss about your decision and your 200th NRL tonight -enjoy game. The call to your future will still be there in the morning, so just relax, get out there and do what you love.

And just to make you feel better, I’m also going to chill out watching football tonight as I didn’t have to make any life changing decisions about our dinner knowing we had leftovers.

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