The Parramatta Eels take on the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium this Friday (2 June 2017) in Round 13 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
Speaking with the media for the first time since joining the Blue & Gold, half Mitch Moses has settled into the new colours, including an improved performance in the Eels Round 12 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
“I felt like I got a few combinations going with some of the players and just learning some of the plays, and being able to call plays on the run definitely felt more comfortable this week,” Moses said.
“It was definitely a little bit tough in the first week but the boys made me feel welcome, which made my job a lot easier. BA didn’t expect much from me the first week I was there, I only had two sessions under my belt before we played, and we still should of won that game there was no excuse, but I definitely felt more comfortable.”
“I am at Parra now, and that is my full focus playing Semi Finals football right here.” Moses added.
“It’s a good feeling around the camp at the moment. We have the Warriors this week, they have had a few good wins this year, but they beat us earlier in the year so we are looking to get one up on them.”
“It’s a very good side here at Parramatta. They are a young side that is moving forward, and I see a big pack of forwards that I can play off the back of. That was probably one of the main reasons I wanted to come here.”
“My focus is to play Semi Finals footy, that’s tbe biggest thing.”
There was plenty of speculation surrounding Moses before joining the Eels, and whilst it was tough on the half, his full focus is now at the Blue & Gold and their 2017 campaign.
“It was tough but I am not here to talk about the Tigers at all. My full focus is on Parramatta and I am here now and really focused on playing Semi Finals footy right here.” Moses said.
“Once it was all settled and got to Parra, I felt comfortable and all that off-field is settled. I am trying to focus on playing Semi Finals footy, that is our goal here.”
“Brad has been good and he hasn’t expected too much of me early on. The first couple of weeks he has been patient with me learning the plays and the sets.” Moses added.
“I am just going out and playing the best footy that I can for Parramatta.”
“All the boys have made my job easier. There was a few times on the weekend where it kind of stuffed up a fair bit, but the boys calmed me down and made my job a lot easier. It was a good performance on the weekend but we definitely need to finish off the game a lot better.”
Moses was also excited about playing alongside half Corey Norman.
“It is very exciting, he is a class player and one of the best halves in the game.” Moses said.
“It is very exciting and hopefully we can get a few combinations going and rack up a few points.”
“I am not sure how it will work at the moment but we will have to wait and see. Corey has started to do a bit of running this week, and will probably ease into a bit of ball work next week, but we will see how that pans out.” Moses added.
The Eels clash against the Warriors at ANZ Stadium on Friday 2 June in Round 13 of the NRL Telstra Premiership, kick off at 7:50pm.