Mitchell Moses has to be the boss of the Parramatta Eels if they are to win the premiership according to Nathan Hindmarsh and Andrew Johns.
When Moses is going well, the Eels are going well, and has to steer the ship in 2020 after what was a career-year for the 25-year-old.
Johns also hopes Moses can be patient across the 80 minutes given the result is so dependent on his performance, starting tonight at Bankwest Stadium against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
“Mitchell Moses is a reflection of how the team plays,” Johns said on Freddy and the Eighth.
“If he fires and things come off, they win by 30. But if he goes out there and fires his bullets early and he doesn’t see the scoreboard ticking then they can struggle.
“But he’s getting older, getting into that sweet spot of his career, he’s had a really strong off season so ill think he’ll have a really strong year.”
Eels legend Hindmarsh echoed Johns’ sentiments while also explaining that he has to be the dominant voice for the team if they are any chance of going deep into the competition.
He also believes that the Eels having someone like Johns around the club throughout the pre-season is a huge plus for Moses.
“He’s got to take the game by the horns, he’s got to be dominant,” Hindmarsh said.
“They’re in a bit of situation there at the Eels just watching on TV that no one really knows who’s the boss. You’ve got ‘Gutho’ and Moses, whoever it’s going to be I just want to see them take the game by the balls.
“Mitch played well last year, I think he got over everything that was going on and really knuckled down and played some good footy and started listening to people too.
“With Joey being an immortal and the game’s best player that I ever played against and best player we’ve seen in a long time, just having his presence around will give Mitch the confidence to play better footy.
“Just having someone like Joey around is enough.”