Rhyce Shaw says he will wait until the end of Sydney’s premiership campaign before deciding whether he will play on next year.
The running defender is due to come out of contract at the end of the season and will be guided by his physical wellbeing and the club’s wishes before making a call on whether to play on.
His numbers this season suggest Shaw still has plenty to offer the Swans. After missing much of last year with injury, he has played 14 of the Swans’ 18 games, averaging 22 possessions and providing plenty of run from the Swans’ defence.
Should he retire, it would leave a big hole in the Swans side, particularly if fellow playmaker Nick Malceski, whose contract also expires this year, leaves the club.
“The last couple of years, obviously being injured, all I’ve wanted to do is just play footy and take every week as it comes,” Shaw, 32, said.
“I know it’s a cliche, but getting to my age you just want to make sure every game counts and that’s what I’m trying to do at the moment.
“I got back in last week and hopefully will take another step forward this week and just look forward to the end of the year.”
Asked what were the factors determining his future, Shaw said: “Probably the body, one, and secondly what the club want to do.
“It’s pretty much up in the air at the moment. I can’t say too much at the moment because I haven’t really thought about it.”
Another factor may also be the lure of more success with the Swans, who are this year’s premiership favourites and tipped to feature prominently next year as well.
Other first-choice Swans yet to re-sign for next year include Mike Pyke and Adam Goodes while veterans Lewis Roberts-Thomson and Ryan O’Keefe also come out of contract.
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