South Sydney playmaker John Sutton wants to stay a Rabbitoh for life, but recognises salary cap issues at the star-studded NRL club could spike that ambition.
The gifted five-eighth comes off contract at the end of the coming season, as does halves partner Chris Sandow.
With superstar back Greg Inglis coming on board this year and the likes of Great Britain forward Sam Burgess also commanding considerable coin, there is no guarantee Souths will be able to keep all their longer-standing players like Sutton.
A local boy, Sutton is the longest serving back at the club, having made his first grade debut in 2004.
“I’d love to stay at Souths, but the way things are with the cap these days it’s pretty hard to stay a one-club man,” Sutton told reporters on Wednesday.
However, he wasn’t fearful of being overlooked for a decent deal at the Rabbitohs.
“I’m not really worried about that, I know if I keep playing good football, things will go my way and that’s what I’m aiming for,” Sutton said.