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Civoniceva leaves Origin future open

By Steve Jancetic 14/04/2010 06:46:23 PM Comments (0)

Queensland and Kangaroos prop Petero Civoniceva is bucking the trend of premeditating his representative retirement, with his Origin future to be determined by his end-of-season form with Penrith.

Civoniceva, who turns 34 next week, was expected to follow the lead of fellow Maroons greats Darren Lockyer and Steve Price who last week announced this year would be their last Origin campaigns.

But despite the lure of bowing out alongside two men he shares so many Maroons memories with, the Panthers skipper hasn't ruled out taking part in an 11th Origin series in 2011.

Sentiment will not play a part in Civoniceva's call, but rather his form over the back half of the season with the Panthers.

"In terms of hanging the boots up I'm not too sure yet," Civoniceva said of his representative future.

"I'll see how I pull up at the end of this season and if the body's still going alright, I'll keep putting my hand up for it.

"I don't want to overstay my welcome but if the selectors are happy, I'll be available.

"The age I'm at now it's a year-to-year proposition.

"You never know - it might be a situation where the Origin series is a tough one and my form might be waning a bit for the Panthers - obviously I'd have to make a decision (to walk away) then."

Meanwhile Civoniceva welcomed news from north of the border that Brisbane boss Bruno Cullen said the club can afford to sign both he and Bulldogs prop Ben Hannant next season should they want to.

Civoniceva is eying a return to Brisbane - where he played for the Broncos for 10 seasons - next year, but it was initially believed the club would be able to chase only one of the players.

Hannant - Civoniceva's Australian front row teammate - is also keen to return his family to Queensland in 2011.

While he hasn't ruled out staying on with the Panthers, Civoniceva says setting himself up for life after football will play a large role in his decision, which he hopes to have sorted out before the Origin series.

"I've been really happy down here at the Panthers, it's been a great three seasons for me," Civoniceva said.

"But we have my family and my wife's family are back up in Brisbane - it's a huge decision to make."

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