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Barrett hopeful of Gasnier Sharks switch

By Ian McCullough 17/05/2010 10:56:49 AM Comments (0)

Cronulla playmaker Trent Barrett admits he is yet to decide if he will play on after the end of the season, even if Mark Gasnier makes a shock move to the NRL strugglers.

Gasnier has returned to Australia following a two-year stint in French rugby with St George Illawarra leading the hunt to re-sign their former skipper along with Manly, Newcastle, Sydney Roosters and Super 14 rugby side Queensland Reds.

The Dragons confirmed last week they were hoping to seal a deal for the former NSW and Test centre on a backended contract that would net him only $50,000 this year, before the June 30 deadline for signing players for the 2010 campaign.

However, there has been suggestions Gasnier is interested in linking up with his close friend and ex-Dragons teammate at Toyota Stadium, although Barrett denied reports the club have asked him to try and persuade the 28-year-old to move to the Sharks.

"I haven't spoken to him for about a month, but he is one of the best players I have ever played with and it is great to see him back and it would be great to see him here - but maybe we would have to sell the leagues club to get him!" Barrett said.

"He is a great player Gaz and there will be no shortage of clubs after him."

Barrett's solid form in a struggling team has been one of the few redeeming aspects of another miserable season for the Sharks, whose 34-14 defeat to Penrith on Sunday kept them anchored to the foot of the table.

And despite being his side's best player against the Panthers, Barrett, who is off-contract at the end of the year, said he is unsure if he wants to continue playing, especially if he is overlooked by NSW selectors for this year State of Origin series.

"I will wait to see what happens with the rep thing this season, but I am not going to make a decision when I am down in the dumps about things.

"It is a big decision to make and I want to make sure it is the right decision.

"But at the moment, I have to say I really am not sure what I want to do."

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