Nathan Merritt is set to extend his stay at South Sydney for a further three seasons within the next fortnight.
The 27-year-old winger/fullback has generated attention from a number of clubs, but despite the interest is close to finalising a deal which has been in the works since last manager.
“Shane (Richardson) and I are still discussing his respective terms so we haven’t got there yet,” his manager Darryl Mather told sportsnewsfirst.com.au.
“Nathan’s not got any bad injuries under his belt even though he’s got a few kilometres on the clock – he’s a fantastic athlete.
“(I’m hoping the deal will be finalised) sometime in the next fortnight I’m hoping, Shane and I are meeting again later today.
“(Nathan’s) got strong views to stay there because he’s got a life after football he’ll probably work in the local area with the aboriginal health centre and centre of excellence.”
A Redfern local and Rabbitohs junior, Merritt wants to remain a one club player, unable to fathom how he would look in any other colour than the infamous red and green despite spending two seasons with Cronulla in 2004 and 2005.