Manly skipper Jamie Lyon is keen to extend his career into an 18th season but accepts it might be at another NRL club.
Lyon, who turns 35 early next year, is off contract at the end of the season and after five rounds he feels he still has it in him to go around again.
The veteran centre is one of a handful of Manly’s top-grade stars, along with Brenton Lawrence, Feleti Mateo, Jorge Taufua and Tom Symonds, who are yet to agree to new deals.
Lyon says he’d love to remain at the Sea Eagles, who he joined in 2007 from English club St Helens, but concedes salary cap restraints might force him out.
“I’ll see how the body is going at the end of the season,” Lyon said.
“I’d like to stay here if possible but that will depend on the salary cap and that sort of thing. Hopefully I can go again.”
Asked if he could rule out lining up in different colours next year, Lyon said: “I’m not sure. I’d definitely rather be here than anywhere else, that’s for sure but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
While he admitted his form but taken a dip this year, he said he felt like he was still capable of performing at the highest level.
“It’s been a little bit quiet, there’s been a couple of games there where I’ve drifted in and out,” Lyon said.
“The other guys have really put in in the backline so it’ll be good if I can get in there and get a few more hit ups.”