Moses extends Eels stay with Matterson | Ralph Lauren

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Parramatta’s long-running contract saga with Mitchell Moses is over with the playmaker signing a new deal with the club.

Ryan Matterson is also staying, with the second-rower taking up an option to play next year.

The Eels confirmed on Friday that Moses had accepted a new big-money three-year deal as they’d long hoped, locking him in until the end of 2024.

His re-signing effectively puts the faith in him to end the longest-running premiership drought in the NRL, which dates back to 1986.

Moses has already made the most appearances of any half in the club’s history since Peter Sterling and he will now remain at the club until at least his 30th birthday.

“Mitch is an integral part of the team, he is in career-best form and has developed not only as a player but as a leader as well,” Eels head of football Mark O’Neill said.

“We are excited that Mitch will continue to lead our squad in the coming years as we aim for a premiership.”

His signature leaves Shaun Johnson as the only top-tier marquee half left on the market for next year, with both Cronulla and Canberra yet to fill their No.7 jersey.

Meanwhile Matterson had been linked with a move elsewhere earlier this season, but has instead taken up the option in his contract to extend until 2022.

He has formed a strong combination on the edge with Moses since coming to the Eels last year and remains a shot at NSW State of Origin selection.

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