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Veteran Menzies wants to play on

Ian Laybourn 01/07/2011 10:33:02 PM Comments (0)

Former Manly star Steve Menzies confirmed on Friday he will play on beyond his 38th birthday in December, but intriguingly admits it may not necessarily be with Catalan Dragons after receiving offers from rival Super League clubs.

The legendary Australian forward, who was 35 when he first came to England to play for Bradford, will become Super League's oldest ever player if he is still going strong next June.

Another Australian, Brad Davis, currently holds the record after making his comeback for Castleford in 2006 and he was 38 years six months when he finally hung up his boots at the end of that season.

Menzies has been urged by coach Trent Robinson to stay on in Perpignan for another season.

But the evergreen second rower has revealed he has other suitors after catching the eye during his first season with the French club.

"I'm pretty keen to play on," Menzies said. "There's a good chance I will be playing next year and hopefully I'll sort out where I'll be playing soon.

"There's one or two other options that are there. If teams are inquiring about your services, it's obviously nice for that to happen, knowing they believe I can still compete at this level.

"I'm enjoying it is under Trent and obviously the team playing well is a bonus. Hopefully, I'll sort something out over the next month."

Menzies, who won the first of his 15 caps for the Kangaroos in 1994, spent 16 seasons with the Sea Eagles in a stellar NRL career before coming to Super League in 2009, initially signing a 12-month deal with Bradford.

He stayed on at Odsal for another season in 2010 but was forced to look elsewhere when the Bulls failed to offer him a new contract.

"I was keen to stay," he said. "It would have been nice. But it always makes it difficult when you're a quota player. That's the nature of the game, you can't take things too personally.

"Obviously the team has changed but I've still got some mates there and it's always a bit of fun when you come up against old mates."

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