Matt Hughes is on the hot seat.

Hughes, who is under contract for the 2018 season, was in Australia last week and spoke to the media after the Eagles had a good win against the Melbourne Storm.

Huges said he had enjoyed his time there and he was not sure how he felt about the loss of his team mate Ben Barba.

“It’s tough, it’s not easy being a coach in Australia, especially for a coach who has been there a lot of years, especially with the way things go,” Hughes said.

“You’ve got to give it a bit of time, you’ve got a lot to learn.

It’s just unfortunate it happened to Ben.

He had a great year and a good start to the season.”

He’s done a lot for the team, so it’s going to be tough for him, but he’s got a good attitude and he’s done his best.

“Hughes also spoke to media after he finished the week as the top try scorer in the NRL for the third time in his career.”

I think I’ve had a really good week,” Hughes told Fox Sports.”

Obviously we’ve got the World Cup to look forward to, so we’re going to have to put it to bed for the week and then come back on Tuesday.

“So I’m happy with the win and hopefully we can get back on track and get that win next week against Cronulla.”

Huges and Barba have been in the eye of the storm since the birth of their first child.

Hughe said the birth is “a bit of a shock”, but said he was grateful for the support of his wife and two children.

“We’re just grateful for them, for the people that have been supporting us throughout the whole year, the support that they’ve given us,” Hughes added.

“For them to come out and do something for us to get a win is a great thing.”

Hughe is currently in Brisbane with the Cowboys, where he was last week.

He has played the last two years for the Cowboys in their Origin series, with Barba his only Origin winner.

Hugues said he would love to have the opportunity to play again for his country, but said that was a different ballgame.

“My next two years is my rugby league, I’m playing Origin and hopefully the NRL,” Hughes explained.

“There are plenty of games I can play in the league and it’s just something I’ve got my eye on.

I think it’s something that’s a lot bigger and a lot more important than a few games, and I think I’m going to enjoy my time there.”

If I have a chance to play, I would love that.

“Topics:nrl,nrl-club,rugby-league,nsw,australiaFirst posted January 03, 2019 09:55:54Contact Christopher Loughman