Both Penisini and Suaalii played rugby for The King's School in Sydney growing up before being snatched away, Suaalii playing his juniors for the South Sydney Rabbitohs while Penisini moved straight into the Eels system.
Despite Parramatta already making moves to extend the youngster beyond 2023, the temptation of running out for the Wallabies could be enough to see the centre make the switch.
“I’m not closing the door on rugby union,” Penisini told News Corp.
“Right now, I am content with where I am at Parramatta and I’m loving rugby league at the moment. I am just at the start of my career and I want to build my game and focus on playing consistent footy for Parramatta and try not to look too far ahead about the decision between rugby league or rugby union.”
Free to talk to rivals from November 1, including union, losing Penisini would be diabolical for Parramatta, who will bid farewell to Reed Mahoney, Isaiah Papali'i, Ray Stone, Oregon Kaufusi and Marata Niukore for the 2023 season.
Despite the fast approaching November 1 deadline, Penisni won't be making a call on his future during the current season.
“There are some great people here and some great coaching staff.
“To be honest, I’m not too sure where all the contract stuff is at the moment but I have left that up to my management to deal with. I just want to focus on the job we have right now and that’s playing good footy and the finals.”
Suaalii on the other hand has a getup clause at the end of every season to walk to the rival code if he chooses, something Rugby Union Australia are banking on in the lead up to the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
The Roosters outside back played down talks of the move, instead singing praise for his current club instead.
“I love this club, I love the Roosters and everyone here. I don’t think I want to leave for a long time. I haven’t looked that far ahead, honestly.”