SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 10: Chris Lawrence of the Tigers looks dejected after defeat during the round 14 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Wests Tigers at Southern Cross Group Stadium on June 10, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

West Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence will begin contract negotiations with the club in the next month but is open to leaving Concord if needed.

The 30-year-old has defied the odds after coming back from a gruesome facial injury he suffered in pre-season training.

Lawrence has already ruled out a potential move to the English Super League and is still keen to remain at the club, but is willing to move to a rival club if a new contract can't be negotiated.

"Obviously that will be the ideal situation [to stay], I don't want to go anywhere," Lawrence told NRL.com. 

"I've got a young family and if I've still got that desire to keep playing. If the opportunity is to not stay here, then I may have to look elsewhere and unfortunately that's footy and we'll cross that bridge if it comes.

"You don't look too far ahead at this stage in my career but in saying that you have to look at all options.

"It's not just about yourself but about family and they have to have an eye on post-footy when that time comes."

Lawrence has an eye on a future in business post-football and it is expected his role as director of One Wellbeing will also play a role in his decision-making process.

"For my family it might be a good opportunity [to travel overseas] but I've got a business here I've been working hard and growing," Lawrence said.

"It's more selfish of me to extend my career a year or two and possibly jeopardise the next 10 years of my career in business. They're the type of things I'll have to weigh up."

With Robbie Farah announcing his retirement and star five-eighth Benji Marshall also out-of-contract, big decisions will have to be made on the future of the West Tigers.