Prior open and honest about contract situation at Leeds

He’s out of contract at Leeds at the end of 2021, but Matt Prior is certainly not ruling out stopping at Headingley beyond that, the forward told Serious About Rugby League.

Despite Leeds just winning once in the new season, the Australian forward is pleased with his current form.

“I think my form has been pretty good; I’m pretty happy with where i am at,” Prior said.

“Obviously, we’re not winning which is disappointing and I’ve still got a lot of room for improvement.”

It was well-known that Prior and his family suffered during the first lockdown, having only just moved from Australia at the back end of 2019 and it’s the coronavirus issue which is halting the forward’s desire to commit beyond 2021.

“It was tough last year – the unknown with the lockdowns and stuff getting pushed back footy wise, we weren’t sure what was going to happen which was hard on me and my family.

“We got through it, but things are starting to look a lot better now.

“I really like the club, I’m enjoying it a lot; I like the boys and Leeds and the area, it’s really nice – I like it over here.

“I haven’t sat down just yet with the club; there’s still a few issues with the coronavirus stuff which took its toll on me a little bit.

“I’m taking it week to week at the minute to see how everything is and if I’m playing good footy and Leeds want to keep me then I might go around for a bit.

“I just want to see if everything goes back to normal and see what happens with that, that’s the only thing deterring me from making a decision on my future at the moment, but I’m just trying to see how everything pans out.”

With Prior approaching his mid-30s, he doesn’t think an NRL return is on the cards.

“I think I’m a bit past that; I’m nearly 34 and I’ll be 35 next year.

“Never say never, but you never know what’s around the corner, but obviously I’m getting on.”

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