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Catalans urge Menzies to keep playing

Ian Laybourn 16/06/2011 01:09:29 PM Comments (0)

Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson is hoping veteran Australian forward Steve Menzies continues playing beyond his 38th birthday in December, which would make him the oldest-ever Super League player.

Former Wakefield and Castleford half-back Brad Davis holds the record after making his comeback for the Tigers in 2006 and he was 38 years and six months when he finally hung up his boots at the end of that season.

The evergreen Menzies, who spent 16 seasons with NRL club Manly in a stellar career before coming to Super League in 2009, initially signed a 12-month deal with Bradford at the age of 35.

The former Kangaroo back-rower had a second season at Odsal before accepting an offer to move to Perpignan for what was thought to be one final season.

However, Menzies has continued to roll back the years with a string of impressive performances and Robinson said he would have "no hesitation" in handing him a new contract.

"We all know where Steve is at as a player and the quality he can add to a team," he said.

"We talk pretty openly every week.

"I'm keen to keep him if he's keen to keep playing. He's a very proud man and he's not going to play if he can't continue to play to his own standards.

"But there's nothing to suggest to me he can't keep those standards going. I not only see him play every week but I see him train every day and there is no hesitation on my part.

"I'll leave it up to Steve, it's his choice. He'll come back to us when he's ready and say he's either ready to finish or he's carrying on for another year."

Menzies won the first of his 15 caps for Australia in 1994 and was a member of the Kangaroos' 1995 World Cup-winning team at Wembley.

The Dragons have started talks with the club's other players whose contracts run out at the end of the season and Robinson admits they have begun the search for new overseas players.

The Catalans have been linked with a move for St Helens' England five-eighth Leon Pryce, whose proposed return to Bradford now looks unlikely, and Warrington's New Zealand second-rower Louis Anderson.

Both players are out of contract at the end of the year and unlikely to be offered new deals by their clubs.

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