July 22, 2024

Parramatta Eels boss Trent Barrett booed as he joins sporting legends at Wimbledon…

It may be the biggest challenge facing Parramatta’s in-coming coach: How to convince superstar halfback Mitchell Moses the Eels have a future as a premiership force. Moses’ frustration at Parra’s slide into NRL wooden spoon territory has been there for all to see over the past few weeks.

He unloaded on teammates during the round 17 loss to Newcastle, backing it up with a dressing-room tirade aimed at club powerbrokers. On Thursday night he again wore his heart on his sleeve as the Eels fell to South Sydney – making it five losses in six games since Brad Arthur’s sacking in May.

Moses was sin-binned in the last five minutes for a holding down offence which was upgraded to a professional foul. He stood there arguing with referee Liam Kennedy before teammate Joe Ofahengaue ushered his halfback away.

Interim coach Trent Barrett told reporters after the game: “He’s frustrated at the moment. He’s probably frustrated with our performance. The game was probably done and dusted at that stage, but it probably boiled over there for him at the end.”

Moses was an Arthur loyalist and is unhappy with the decision to get rid of the 11-year coach and the long wait to appoint his successor. Josh Hannay is tipped to be named the Eels new coach in coming days, although Jason Ryles remains in the mix.

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