CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Frank Pritchard of the Eels in action during the round five NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Parramatta Eels at GIO Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

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

“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.

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“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.”


  1. If he walks Frank “the Tank” had a good career and not one plagued with controversy on or off the field. Big Frank has played hard and tough and has a lot to be proud of. Well done champ.

  2. No disrespect to the big fella, but we’ve only got 2 spots left in our roster, and 1 is being left open just in case we can get Semi back mid year, so I’d rather he retired and we fill the last spot with someone who will be around at the club for a few years.

    • from story I have seen, one of the spots is for him if decides he can go around and the other for Semi.
      I might be drawing a long bow here, but I have a feeling that the Club is having an each way bet – hold the spot open and if the right FRF comes onto the market, they have a spot for him, if there isn’t one by beginning of season, then its Pritchards and they sign him and one does come onto the market, then they still have a spot open which if Semi does want to comeback (not likely in 2018), then Frank will retire immediately opening up the spot for Semi.
      Anyway, he has had a very good career and whilst not quite at his best for the last 2-3 years (style of play at bulldogs certainly impacted on that), he wasn’t that poor.
      Good luck.

      • I agree with most of that but I think Frank will make his call very soon (next couple of weeks), and I’m expecting him to retire.

        • I heard he was going to make a call after Christmas – which might be code for “if I get in a good paddock and end up fat after Christmas I will retire”

  3. Him admitting he isnt sure pretty much answers the question id imagine.Had a great career but all good things come to an end

      • Not that I am disagreeing with you but who will you throw the 9 jersey to, Cameron King? He is as ineffective as Lichaa, Rein or IDG IMO. At least “mini” Pritchard gives the Eels some zip out of dummy half. I’m all for the Eels moving him on but you need a quality replacement. Jake Friend perhaps? 😉

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