Melbourne Storm star Cooper Cronk said he has not decided on his future, with retirement from the NRL a possibility.
Dally M Medallist Cronk will leave Melbourne to head to Sydney after 14 seasons with the Storm, despite signing a contract extension in 2016.
The 33-year-old half-back – who won the 2016 Rugby League World Golden Boot Award – has been linked with a host of Sydney-based clubs, including the Cronulla Sharks.
However, Cronk is yet to decide what he will be doing next year and if that even involves playing rugby league.
"I haven't entertained any option for next year or beyond," Cronk said on Tuesday.
"The decision I have to make is whether I want to play on, now I'm not going to lead anyone down a garden path and say 'Oh yeah, I could consider coming to a club' when I don't even know if I'm going to lace the boots on next year.
"Everyone is entitled to their speculation and opinion, but from my point of view I haven't entertained anything."
Cronk – the 2012 Clive Churchill Medal winner after helping the Storm to the NRL premiership – is just focused on this season.
The Storm are two points clear atop the table after 18 rounds and Cronk – who guided Queensland to State of Origin honours – wants to end the year on a high, with the Rugby League World Cup also due to get underway in October.
"I haven't swapped or gone down, up and down like a yo-yo," Cronk said. "I've been pretty solid with it, the simple question is do I want to play on.
"I'm yet to determine whether the answer is yes in that regard so time will tell.
"There's still a lot of football to be played and that's one thing that's playing on my mind, Storm are in a decent position, we got the finals coming up then there is the World Cup so I don't know what the timeline is but I dare say it's still a fair way away.
"I won't be dictated by the market or the availability, if I feel like I want to play on and it ends up being that there's nothing available my decision is pretty easy."