As his protracted contract negotiations continue, St George Illawarra hooker Mitch Rein admits he is faced with the prospect of exiting the NRL club.
Rein, who has been mentioned as a future NSW hooker, is off contract at season’s end.
The 26-year-old’s preference is to stay with the joint venture but on Wednesday he said his future could lie elsewhere.
“These things, they take a lot of time. I did expect it to drag out,” he said at Dragons training at Kogarah Oval.
“That’s just how it is. I have tried to keep my distance from it all and leave it up to my manager. It can be a distraction – but for me it is not.
“These things happen and if I have to move on there is no point sulking about it. If I am playing good footy I will get a job somewhere.”
While pivot Benji Marshall is also off contract, Rein said he’d like to continue with he, Marshall, five-eighth Gareth Widdop and representative fullback Josh Dugan as the club’s spine.
In other Dragons news, co-captain Ben Creagh has started running following his knee injury and is hopeful of playing again this year before he decides whether to hang up the boots or continue in 2017.
Creagh has not played since round three.
“I have had a few complications with it following the surgery,” Creagh said.
“I have started running again. I haven’t got a date when I will start playing again but I’m hopeful it will be this year.”
“It is a bit frustrating, but it is the first time in my career I have missed this many games. Unfortunately it has just come at this time when I am off contract and getting close to making a decision about whether I play next year.