IN the business of professional sport there will always be speculation about your future. Players, coaches – it’s a reality we accept.
It’s no secret that I’m off-contract at the end of this season. People naturally have questions but, the truth is, I don’t have those answers yet myself.
What I can say right now is that I have 100 per cent, hand-on-heart, not made any decision on what I will do beyond our game against New Zealand on Thursday.
There’s a lot of rumours out there but it’s people putting two and two together and getting five. I’ve said all along that I won’t look at it until the season’s over and that remains the case.
It’s very hard to make an unemotional decision in-season, no matter how it’s panning out for you. It can really come back and bite you on the bum.
When the time comes, I will sit down with my wife and make an unemotional decision about what’s best for myself and our family. That’s always been my number one priority.
When I re-signed with the club three years ago I pushed for a longer term deal because I wanted my family and I to make a home here in Wollongong.
We’ve done that. My son’s in year eight, my daughter’s in year 12, my wife’s got a job here, we've bought a house and we love it.
However, I work in professional sport and there’s a level of uncertainty in that you have to accept. There’s no guarantee I’ll be coaching the Hawks next season, there’s no guarantee I’ll be coaching at all.
My manager will be talking with the club and his job is to look at all options. The club has to do it’s due diligence as well and decide what's best for the Hawks organisation going forward.
It’s not about money and never has been. I know that sounds hollow to some people but it’s the truth. If I was chasing money I wouldn't have come to Illawarra in the first place.
For me it’s about being in an environment where you’re happy to turn up to work every day and work hard. All my decisions have been about securing that.
It’s been a wonderful, wonderful journey here. It may continue, it may not, but if I was chasing money I wouldn’t be here. I think I've proven my loyalty and commitment to the club.
When the time’s right I’m going to sit down and make a good unemotional decision. It’s not that time yet. We’ve got one game to go and I want this group to go out on a high.
It’s been a frustrating year, it’s been up and down but I love these guys, they’re terrific people and we’ve hung together in tough times and shown immense character.
My focus is on getting a good win on the road and having a good night with the boys afterwards.
There’s time to look at everything else after that.