Cronulla veteran Luke Lewis is currently weighing up his future plans, but is adamant he wants to play some good football first before making a decision.
Lewis is 34 and out of contract at season's end, but could play on in 2019 in he decides to go around again next season.
The forward has played 311 first grade games since making his debut for the Panthers in round 24, 2001, and played the first 208 games of his career with Penrith before moving to the Sharks for the 2013 season.
Lewis originally said he would make a decision on his future at the midway point of the season, but injuries have seen him play just four games in 2018.
“I know it’s only round 12, but I want to play some footy first and just see how I’m feeling,” Lewis told The Daily Telegraph.
“It would have been nice to know where I was at mentally by about round 14 or 15, but I haven’t had a chance to play four or five weeks in a row.
“I played four games and then did my calf, so I just want to play some consistent football and see how I’m feeling after six or seven weeks of footy and go from there.
“But at the moment it is telling me to play on because I feel fresh having played no footy.”
Lewis won't let his age stop him from playing on, and says the young players coming through the ranks at Cronulla have re-fuelled his fire.
“I’m a big believer that age is just a number,” Lewis said.
“It has probably not been the most outstanding start to the season not being on the field, but I’ve learnt a lot watching these young guys come through.
“It has given me the passion and love to get back out on the field with those guys and enjoy the ride with them.”
Lewis will return to the field for his first game since round seven when the Sharks take on the Knights on Sunday.
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