Craig Gower
Eels or Panthers?

Dual international Craig Gower is in talks with his old NRL club Penrith, admitting he is “part of the furniture” at the base of the Blue Mountains.

Gower, who will turn 33 later this month, is off contract with French rugby union club Bayonne and will decide between playing at this year’s Rugby World Cup with Italy and a swansong in the 13-man game.

He has held informal talks with Parramatta and Panthers coach Matt Elliott has also expressed his interest.

“At the moment we’re having a bit of a chat,” Gower told ABC radio on Sunday.

“I’m off-contract and I’m looking at my options while I’m back in Australia.”

Gower could be back in the NRL in May if he decides against prolonging his three-year stay in France and he admitted a return to the place it all began had appeal.

Gower said he hoped to know more about any interest from Parramatta this week but was yet to receive an offer.

But he said his decision would not be about money.