Matt Scott's rise to be the No.1 prop in the NRL will make him one of the most sought-after players when the 27-year-old comes off contract at the North Queensland Cowboys next season.
A quiet man off the field, the powerful Maroons star has replaced Petero Civoniceva as the cornerstone of the Kangaroos pack, and is hopeful of staying with the Cowboys after next year.
Scott is one of 20 players coming off contract at the club, including Johnathan Thurston, James Tamou, Brent Tate and Matt Bowen, and knows next year is potentially the last time their talent-laden roster will have of winning a premiership together.
Despite the ARLC having agreed a new billion-dollar broadcast deal, a decision is still to be made on how much the salary cap will increase.
Scott said until he knows, he'll take his time and assess his options.