Parramatta legend Brett Kenny believes Mitchell Moses isn’t worth the reported $850,000 a-year he’s getting to join the Eels.
Four-time premiership winner and champion five-eighth Kenny is also against Wests Tigers No.6 Moses making an early-season switch to Parramatta.
Moses will play for the Tigers against the Eels in their Easter Monday NRL clash at ANZ Stadium, but is widely tipped to be granted an early release to join Parramatta.
Speaking at the club’s 70th anniversary jersey reveal on Tuesday, Kenny gave an honest assessment of Moses who he rates as a playmaker.
“I don’t know whether I would be giving him the amount of money that was mentioned in the paper a few weeks ago, $850,000, I don’t think he’s worth that much,” Kenny said.
“But he’s certainly a good young player. Obviously it would be a plus for Parramatta to have someone like that in the side. The only thing he might have to work on is his defence.
“His defence is not that strong, but his attacking skills are outstanding.”
Kenny is adamant Moses shouldn’t be allowed to switch clubs mid-season, avoiding the situation of playing against his future teammates.
He said the current system made contracts worthless.
“To me it’s getting more like you don’t need to sign a contract anymore because contracts mean nothing. I just think it’s wrong,” he said.
“I would rather him see out the season at the Tigers and come to Parra in 2018 and start the season fresh. That’s the way I’d like to see it done.”
Despite his criticisms, Kenny said the 22-year-old Moses would alleviate the pressure on main playmaker Corey Norman.
Halfback Norman has shouldered much of the Eels’ attack this season as the versatile Clint Gutherson spent the opening month of the competition developing as a five-eighth.
“(Gutherson is) playing on the wing the majority of the time, had a bit of a stint at fullback and then came into five-eighth. It’s always difficult to do that,” Kenny said.
“Having someone like Mitchell Moses, who’s been a regular five-eighth playing, it’s going to help Corey Norman. I think at the moment, there’s a lot of pressure on Corey Norman.
“It makes it easier for the defence as well, the opposition start to look at that and say we’ve only got to get him out of the game and Parramatta can’t do anything.
“Well if you’ve got someone like Mitchell Moses on the other side who’s very creative as well, suddenly there’s two sides they’ve got to worry about. I think it’ll be very beneficial for them.”