Together they’ve combined for almost 600 top grade games but modern marvels Petero Civoniceva and Nathan Hindmarsh are both refusing to rule out the possibility of turning out for a 16th NRL season.
Contracted through to the end of next season, it was assumed the pair would hang up their boots after 2012, given few players in the history of the game have put their bodies through more of a battering than these two.
But in the case of 35-year-old Penrith skipper Civoniceva, 2013 remains a very real prospect, while Hindmarsh – who will play his 300th game when he leads out the Parramatta Eels against the Penrith Panthers on Saturday night – is still undecided.
“Some days I do, some days I think that’s enough but other days I think I can go another couple of years,” said Hindmarsh.
“It all depends if the coach (Stephen Kearney) wants me or not.
“I’d like to play on until I am 50, whether or not that happens…
“I’m signed with Parramatta for another year and I’ll get serious about seeing where I am at probably halfway through next year.”
Civoniceva, who will pass the 300-game mark next year, was far more assured.
“I will keep playing beyond next year,” he said.
“I’ll see how the body’s holding up – if I’m right to play another season, I’ll definitely put my hand up for it.
“Retirement’s probably not something that’s in my mind at the moment.”