Off-contract Wests Tigers playmaker Mitch Moses says when he eventually makes a call on his playing future, the overriding factor will be where he thinks he will be able to play his best football – and the Tigers' current four-match losing run is irrelevant to the decision.
The 21-year-old Ryde junior believes he is playing with a lot more maturity and confidence now compared to at the same stage last year and hopes to continue that development while he leaves negotiations around his playing future to his manager and cousin, Isaac Moses, with a decision expected in the next month or so.
An upbeat Moses this week insisted both he and his teammates were only a small amount of finesse away from recapturing their best footy and hoped a return to Leichhardt would bring out their best against a Storm side that continues to grind out wins.
"I'm really happy with the way I'm playing at the moment," Moses said.
"I'm playing a lot different compared to last year and playing with a lot more patience and trying to get into that grinding mentality which is a lot different to how I have played footy in the past.
"I'm really enjoying my footy at the moment. Compared to last year, I was low on confidence. I'm playing with a lot of confidence at the moment and last year taught me so much in the way we played and how I'm playing at the moment, I feel like I'm a lot more matured as a player and playing with a lot more calm and patience. I keep doing that and everything else will sort itself out.
"I've really matured compared to last year and you can see that in my footy. But it's not changed my contract talks at all. I've left it all up to my management. They'll let me know when I have to make my decision and I'll do that."
The other thing that hasn't changed his current negotiations is the club's mini form slump.
"[It's about] where I'm going to play my best footy. Where I think I'm going to [get the best out of myself], that's probably it," Moses said of his next contract.
"I'm happy with the way I'm playing at the moment. I'm happy with the Tigers but it's where I'm going to play my best footy. That's all I'm focused on."