Wests Tigers five-eighth Mitchell Moses has left the club to an immediate release and will play for the Parramatta Eels until the end of the 2019 season.
Moses’ decision means the only one of the Tigers’ so-called “big four” to remain at the club will be Luke Brooks.
The Tigers released a short statement on Tuesday confirming they were granting Moses an immediate release from the remainder of his contract.
“Wests Tigers thank Mitchell for his contribution while at the club and wish him well in the future,” they said in the statement.
Moses played his junior football at Parramatta and made his NRL debut as a full-back in 2014 before shifting to five-eighth the following year. He leaves the Tigers having played 67 NRL games.
“It’s good to be welcoming back one of our junior players,” Parramatta head coach Brad Arthur said in the Eels’ statement announcing the new contract.
“Mitchell is a quality player and I believe he will be a good acquisition to our squad for 2017 onwards.”
Amid questions over the extent of the salary cap for next season, the announcement of Cooper Cronk’s decision to move to Sydney sparked speculation about line-ups in several teams.
Among the issues raised were questions about the Tigers’ ability to keep their big four — Moses, half-back Brooks, skipper and prop Aaron Woods and star full-back James Tedesco.
Brooks re-signed with the club on April 18, with the Tigers setting a deadline of April 20 for Woods and Tedesco to make up their minds on their futures.
Both players declined to meet the deadline, with Woods signing with the Bulldogs and Tedesco agreeing to join the Roosters.
Wests Tigers bolstered their line-up for 2018, with Bulldogs playmaker Josh Reynolds confirmed on a four-year deal.
Prior to Tuesday’s announcement about Moses, the Tigers revealed the signing of forward Russell Packer from the Dragons.
The 27-year-old New Zealand Test front-rower will rejoin Tigers coach Ivan Cleary, who gave him his NRL debut in 2008.