Frank Pritchard is facing an uncertain future, considering hanging up the boots as the Eels prepare to finalise their playing roster for next season.
The fifteen-season veteran may have captained Samoa in this year's World Cup, however, he's unsure whether his body could handle another brutal season in the top league.
A decision he's been weighing up since the World Cup, the Eels have tabled the experienced 34-year old a one-year contract extension.
“Rugby league has been a big part of my life and I’m turning that corner where retirement is coming close,” Pritchard told foxsports.com.au.
“I just don’t know what the go is for next year. I’ll leave it up in the air and see how I go from there.
“Parramatta has been good to me and (coach) Brad Arthur has been awesome.
“If I’m there to play next year, so be it but I’ve enjoyed my footy. Footy has done a lot for me and I can leave the game with my head held high.”
Pritchard confirmed that his long-awaited decision is to be made after Christmas, after he had an in-depth conversation with Brad Arthur.
“There’s an option there,” he said of playing on.
“I’ll see how the body is at the end of the day.
“I’ve had a good 16 years and you have to weigh up whether you can go around next year. The game’s getting a lot faster and the younger kids are pushing behind you.”