Ben Te’o says he remains undecided on his future at Souths almost halfway through the NRL season, amid reports linking him to Brisbane and French rugby union.
Representative back-rower Ben Te’o remains undecided on his future at South Sydney as the halfway mark of the NRL season approaches.
The Queensland star has an option in his contract with the Rabbitohs to play another season at Redfern in 2015, but says he is still unsure if he will exercise it, amid reports linking him to a big money move to French rugby and a return to Brisbane.
Te’o is one of at least three players whose future at Souths remains up in the air ahead of their round 12 clash against St George Illawarra on Monday.
Fellow Maroons edge player Chris McQueen is in talks with Rabbitohs management about a contract upgrade, while promising young hooker Apisai Koroisau appears likely to leave after first choice rake Issac Luke committed long-term to the club earlier this month.
Souths have moved to bolster their back-row stocks for 2015 with the acquisition of Manly’s Glenn Stewart on a two-year deal.
But Souths could still afford to keep Te’o, given Sam Burgess’ defection to English rugby at season’s end.
Te’o said he is keeping his options open.
“I don’t know where my future is at the moment,” Te’o said on Friday.
“I’m still trying to sort it out. I have a manager and I’m paying him the big bucks to sort something out so I’m running through things at the moment.
“They’re all rumours that get thrown around by the papers.
“One minute I’m going to Brisbane, the next I’m going to France. None of that stuff has come from myself or my manager. It’s just rumours.
“I don’t want to go too much into it. We’ve had dealings with Souths over the last few months. It’s good to have options but it’s just about picking the right one.”
McQueen said would wait until the end of the Origin period before settling his future but was confident of staying at Redfern.
“I think within the month after Origin we’ll get that sorted out,” he said.
“I’ve had a couple of little chats with Madge (coach Michael Maguire) and we’re quite confident we can come to an agreement.”
But Koroisau seems certain to follow Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats out the door, with Penrith a possible destination.
“I’ve had a chat with a few clubs, ultimately I would like to stay around but you have to think about the future,” he said.