Newcastle Knights prop Dan Tolar will wait until the end of the season to decide whether to retire or play out the final year of his contract.
Tolar, who has been sidelined for the past six weeks with Achilles tendonitis, responded yesterday to a report in The Sun-Herald that he would follow the lead of Knights teammate Ben Rogers and walk away from the game with a year to run on his three-year contract.
‘‘I haven’t made a decision on what I’m going to do yet and will probably wait until the end of the season and see then,’’ Tolar said yesterday.
The seasoned Central Charlestown junior, who turns 29 in November, denied speculation in the newspaper article that he had been promised a job with Hunter Sports Group, saying ‘‘that’s the first I’ve heard of it’’.
Rogers, who announced his retirement last week because he has not recovered from a second shoulder reconstruction, will take up a corporate sales executive position with HSG in November.
Knights sources say Tolar is entertaining the idea of retirement because he has been told incoming coach Wayne Bennett will not require his services next year.
Other players contracted beyond the end of this season who were given the same advice include Cory Paterson (Cowboys), Beau Henry (Titans), Antonio Kaufusi (London) and Mark Taufua (Sharks), who have all found new homes, and Con Mika, who has been linked to rugby union clubs including NSW Super Rugby representatives the Waratahs.
Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said he had not discussed retirement with Tolar and that no promises had been made about a job with HSG.