Moses Eels' missing piece to finals puzzle

Sep 15, 2017 - 5:32 PM Mitchell Moses was the missing puzzle piece to Parramatta's eight-year long finals absence, according to Eels captain Tim Mannah.

The Eels have won 11 of 15 games since Moses arrived at the club mid-season, while he also leads the club for try assists and linebreak assists per game.

And as the Eels prepare for Saturday night's crucial semi-final against North Queensland, Mannah has hailed Moses as the difference between Parramatta being also-rans and premiership contenders.

"I think he was the missing piece of the puzzle," Mannah told AAP.

"Within a day of training here you felt like he had been here for a month. He really sped up the process and did a great job."

Moses' arrival has helped no one more than five-eighth Corey Norman.

In his 71 games at Parramatta before Moses arrived, Norman had played alongside eight different halves at the Eels at an average of one every nine games.

Those names have included everyone from former prodigy Chris Sandow to back-rower Kenny Edwards.

However for the first time in his blue-and-gold career, Norman has experienced relative stability since June, with the pair having won nine of 12 games together.

But even he has been impressed with how quick the two have been able to gel.

"It has surprised me a little bit," Norman said.

"It's come along really nicely and I think it's got to do a lot with (coach) Brad (Arthur)'s structure and what he gives us as well.

"Brad's really good with that, helping us.

"When Mitchell came here it wasn't going to change my game or anything like that. It was just making Mitchy feel comfortable with where we fit into the structure."

It did however take Norman out of his comfort zone originally.

For so long the organiser of Parramatta's attack, the 26-year-old has been freed up to a play the more dynamic style of football he enjoyed early in his career, while wearing the No.1 jumper.

"When he did get here and was doing all of it I felt a bit lost," Norman admitted.

"I was like 'what's going on here'?

"But it's been really good and he's been a really good addition for our team and club."

The pair's stability at Parramatta is set to last for at least another two years, with both signed until the end of 2019.

But they are determined to make an impact in their first finals series for Parramatta, knowing they are just two wins from a grand final.

"We need to do it for us and Parramatta in general," Norman said.

Source: AAP

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