Mitchell Moses wants wins, not more money
MITCHELL Moses wants to feature in a team that is a genuine chance of winning an NRL title, and admits forever missing out on finals with the Wests Tigers "takes its toll on you".
Moses and fellow high-profile free agent James Tedesco are happy for Ivan Cleary to come on board as coach - which is likely to be made official as early as Monday - but they want to be part of a premiership force.
Only time will tell if the Tigers are just that.
Moses won the Harold Matthews competition with Parramatta and then went through undefeated with Balmain in the SG Ball, and again made the finals with the Tigers' Holden Cup team.
"I was playing those games and winning most of the time," Moses said.
"Then I came into first grade and lost a few games and finished down the bottom of the ladder.
"It was different. It will benefit me in the long run. I want to know who the coach is, but you obviously want to be in a team that is winning games and pushing for the title.
"Being here the last three or four years we've been at the bottom every year. It takes its toll on you.
"Money is the last thing on my mind. First thing is I want to be playing good footy in a good footy side."
Moses is demanding north of $800,000 a season, but has not justified that whopping price tag yet this season.
In fact, he is the only starting five-eighth in the NRL yet to register a try assist or a line-break assist, and has missed 19 tackles.
To be fair, Moses has also played behind a forward pack well dominated in three of the four opening games.
"My form has been up and down. I feel like I got my running game back a bit on the weekend, and I'm more comfortable getting over the advantage line," Moses said.
"I think I controlled the game a bit better on the weekend, it's just we had two lapses in defence and they ran 100 metres to score.
"It's happened the last three weeks where we've had those lapses and they go straight up the middle.
"As long as I can keep running the ball and grinding out games like I tried to do on the weekend, I think we'll win more games than we lose."
Moses met Cleary a few weeks ago when the Lebanese World Cup hopefuls gathered for an informal meeting at Canterbury Leagues Club.
The only signing by the Tigers for next season is Chris McQueen, while the club confirmed gun prop Taniela Paseka had been released to Manly.