Joel Monaghan
Option for NRL return

Joel Monaghan is ready for whatever diehard South Sydney supporters throw at him in his first game in Australia since leaving the Canberra Raiders.

But while the former Kangaroos and NSW winger is loving life in England, he has left the door open to exit the Warrington Wolves at the end of the year and rejoin the Green Machine for 2013.

Monaghan has another three years to run on his contract with the English Super League club, but said he had an option to opt out of the deal at the end of this year.

That would allow the 29-year-old to return to the Raiders after departing the capital at the end of 2010 in the wake of the infamous Mad Monday prank, where he was photographed in a lewd act with a dog.

”I’ve got three [more years], but I think after [2012] I’ve got an option,” Monaghan said. ”At the moment I’m playing in Warrington and loving it and playing with my brother [Michael Monaghan] which helps.

”I’ve always said that if I ever come back to the NRL I’d probably only come back to Canberra. At the moment I’ve got a contract here, but you never say never.

”Watching them play last year it was just as hard watching them lose as when we lost.

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”All my closest mates are in Canberra.

”I miss the place, I miss the family and I miss all the boys.”

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