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Super League stint an option: Fitzgibbon

By Steve Jancetic 15/05/2009 04:34:27 PM Comments (0)

Veteran backrower Craig Fitzgibbon says he would love to extend his NRL career with the Sydney Roosters but admits a farewell stint in Super League looms as his most likely option.

Fitzgibbon, who played his 250th NRL match against Melbourne on Monday night, said he was more determined than ever to push his 31-year-old body into a 13th season of top flight football.

"The body's good and I love it," said Fitzgibbon, who will line up at lock for Saturday night's Sydney Football Stadium clash with Newcastle.

"Everyone I speak to who's recently retired says you just know. I just haven't had a feeling either way.

"The body feels in better shape than it did last year actually ... I can't walk away from something I love so much when I feel like I'm still contributing."

But just where Fitzgibbon calls home in 2010 remains a mystery.

The Roosters are battling salary cap pressure and there have been reports former club captain Fitzgibbon could be the one to make way in a bid to ease some of the strain.

Asked if England was an option for next season, Fitzgibbon said:

"It's going to have to be I think.

"Obviously my priority is to stay here, I love the club, and whatever happens I'll be making sure me and the club are happy with whatever decision's made.

"I won't be doing anything to jeopardise the way I feel about the club."

English glamour clubs Wigan and St Helens are rumoured to be on the lookout for an experienced backrower for 2010, with reports both clubs launched failed bids to snare Parramatta workhorse Nathan Hindmarsh before his re-signing with the Eels.

Turning 32 next month and less than six months removed from an Australian Test jumper, Fitzgibbon would no doubt be a handy acquisition to any Super League outfit, with the south coast junior admitting he had yet to put a time frame on his career.

"If I'm really starting to battle, I'll have to look at it, or if someone taps me on the shoulder and says mate you're running on the spot ... so far it hasn't happened yet," Fitzgibbon said.

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