ALEX Walmsley says he will make a decision on whether to head to Australia ‘sooner rather than later.’
But the England prop admits there is plenty other than rugby league to think about as he weighs up whether to join the English contingent in the NRL.
The St Helens star has been heavily linked with a move to St George-Illawarra Dragons for 2019 and revealed there has been contact from interested parties since he played in the World Cup.
Walmsley, who told NRL clubs not to make contact during the tournament Down Under, is out of contract at the end of the year and a verdict on his future is expected in the coming weeks.
“It’ll be sorted sooner rather than later but the rumours have been clear for all to see,” said the 27-year-old. “Apparently, I’ve signed for eight clubs in the last six weeks.
“It’s a completely different world to here but a lot of people thrive but a lot have gone there and decided it’s not for them.
“The NRL is renowned as the best competition in the world and Sam Burgess and James Graham are two of the best examples of going there and being a success but it differentiates for different people.
“The interest is well documented but there’s a big difference between interest and signing. There’s a lot more ifs and buts to weigh up.
“I’ll definitely be at Saints for the next 12 months, after that I’m yet to decide what’s going on. There’s a lot of discussions to be had with a lot of people.
“I haven’t signed anything for post 2018.”
Now he has made a mark at international level, Walmsley is looking forward to what could be a glorious final year at Saints.
And coach Justin Holbrook’s approach to pre-season and few signings have certainly brightened him up.
Walmsley added: “We were 10 seconds from the Grand Final last year and as a group, we know each other inside out and know how each other plays. I’m sure we’ll be there competing.
“Justin has a different approach to pre-season. Stereotypically, you think of hill-running, floggings until you drop, early mornings and fitness but there’s a lot more happy faces!”
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