Mossop willing to be patient

England prop Lee Mossop is aiming for a round 10 NRL debut, as a shoulder operation has delayed the start of his Parramatta career.

Mossop, 25, has already had an extended lay-off due to his World Cup exploits, but decided the timing was right to undergo surgery on a two-year-old injury problem.

“In 2011 I suffered a shoulder injury which I have played on with for two years,” said Mossop.

“I could’ve quite easily played again this season without having surgery.

“But I spoke with (head coach) Brad Arthur and (football general manager) Daniel Anderson, and we all agreed that from my point of view, I wanted to come over and play to my full potential, which I thought was important.

“The big thing for me is I’m hoping to be at Parramatta for the long term, and I think now before I start it is better to get that fixed up so I can go into the season all guns blazing and hopefully give it my best shot.”

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