Sydney Roosters’ Mitch Aubusson has declared he would rather retire than play for another NRL club.
He also ruled out a move to the English Super League when his contract expires at the end of 2019.
The 31-year old revealed he has opened talks with the Roosters about the possibility of playing on in 2020, but also discussed the prospect of retiring.
“We’re in negotiations at the moment about where we stand for next year,” Aubusson told roosters.com.au.
“We haven’t made a call yet but I’m pretty confident something will get sorted. What I do know is I won’t be playing for another club or going overseas.
“Early years I thought it might’ve been an option [overseas] but as I got older and have a younger family to uproot them and take them over is probably not ideal for us.
“I don’t think it would suit me to go over there.”
Aubusson is the longest-serving active player at the Tricolours and third on the club’s all-time game list, trailing only 300-gamers Anthony Minichiello and Luke Ricketson.
But he is already looking into life after football, while admitting there would be a pull of returning to rugby league down the track.
“I want to see how my body feels before I dive into that,” he said.
“I’ve got a few things lined up but want to make a call on my body and then transition.
“That might be an opportunity down the track.”
The veteran thinks Sydney have the tools to become the first team in the NRL era of winning back-to-back premierships.
“When we do put it together I feel like we’re really hard to stop,” Aubusson said.
“But it’s about that consistency and timing our defence with that as well. With all the troops coming back and Origin period done now it’s time to put the foot down and see how far we can take it.”