Ben Te’o says he’s unsure where his future lies after informing South Sydney he’ll leave the club at the end of the NRL season.
Ben Te’o admits he has no idea what his future holds after informing South Sydney he will departing the club at the end of the NRL season.
Te’o has rejected the option of a third year with the Rabbitohs, who he joined from Brisbane in 2013, but hasn’t ruled out a switch to European rugby.
The New Zealand-born, Queensland back-rower qualifies for a British passport through his English mother and subsequently would have no issues acquiring a visa to play in Europe.
However, he said he is yet to decide what to do with his future and said he may even stay in the NRL with a potential return to Brisbane not out of the question.
“I have told Souths I won’t be here next year,” Te’o told AAP.
“I have seen my name linked with rugby in Europe, other NRL clubs but I honestly haven’t made a decision.”
Te’o, who began his NRL career with the Wests Tigers having moved from New Zealand as a teenager, has previously admitted missing living in Queensland but denied there were any issues with his Rabbitohs teammates or coach Michael Maguire.
“It’s not the coach, and I enjoy being around these guys, for me it was just about a change,” he said.
“I’m still trying to figure out my future but I don’t need any extra motivation this season.
“I am always trying to win. This is my last year going to play with these guys.
“I played the 15-man game when I was young, I played in the backs, but I am not talking up me playing rugby.”
Despite developing a close bond with his Rabbitohs teammates, Te’o said he wouldn’t have a problem coming up against them in another team’s colours.
“You can never say never,” he said.
“I thought I would stay at the Tigers, the Broncs, but I have played against friends before, that side of things never really comes into it.”
Te’o’s exit will strengthen speculation South Sydney will turn their attentions to North Queensland’s Tariq Sims who is keen to return to Sydney to be closer to his family.