Eels star Mitchell Moses reveals he missed the birth of his child to have a crucial role in the tentative final

Eels star Mitchell Moses has revealed he missed the birth of his first child, who played in Parramatta’s successful preliminary final against the Cowboys.

As his team seek to win their first Premier League since 1986, the playmaker said his family put his grandmother to rest on Monday before welcoming his firstborn child via FaceTime ahead of the game.

“The whole week has been a roller coaster ride. I lost my grandmother last week and we buried her on Monday,” he said.

“Welcoming my first child over FaceTime for the first time, dead four hours ago and now I’m playing in a grand finals next week.

“I’ll get the boys on the plane asap so I can meet my little one. We have two names but she didn’t want to make the call alone so she waits for me to get there and then we talk on the phone.”

Parramatta last played in a major final in 2009, having not experienced a definitive victory since beating the Bulldogs 4-2 36 years ago.

“They made a lot of sacrifices along the way. Mitchell Moses made a huge sacrifice for his teammates today,” said coach Brad Arthur.

“In the last few days he has not witnessed the birth of his daughter. It’s huge and it just shows you … you can still see the last 10 minutes how we defended and kept showing up for each other.

“The lads really wanted it. We have a lot of players here who might go to other clubs, but they played a big part of what we did.”

“They cherish every last day they have together.”

The Eels play the winner of tonight’s Panthers-Rabbitohs clash starting at 7:50pm AEST.