Lawrence to weigh up future after ruling out Super League move



  • Wests Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence will enter negotiations about a new deal in the coming weeks but wouldn’t rule out the prospect of playing against the club he’s given 14 years of service to if he had to continue his NRL career elsewhere.

    Lawrence has strung together two months of football since a freak facial injury suffered during a training session in March left the 30-year-old almost unrecognisable and his NRL career in doubt.

    While all the talk of late has centred around the futures of Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah at Concord, Lawrence is the third most-capped player at the club behind the pair on 235 NRL appearances and remains off contract at season’s end.

    “I have to have a conversation with the club over the next few weeks,” Lawrence said on Wednesday.

    “My focus has been about getting back from my injury and now that I’m doing that and in the week-to-week cycle it’s time to start having that conversation in due course.”

    Lawrence naturally wants to remain at the joint venture and has ruled out any thoughts of moving to the English Super League even if he can’t attract any offers from rival Australian clubs.

    He said playing at another NRL club is something he would consider.

    The emergence of Ryan Matterson and Michael Chee Kam in 2019 has added further competition in the back row, while Luke Garner has shown his ability in limited opportunities this season.

    “Obviously that will be the ideal situation [to stay], I don’t want to go anywhere,” Lawrence said.

    "I’ve got a young family and if I’ve still got that desire to keep playing. If the opportunity is to not stay here, then I may have to look elsewhere and unfortunately that’s footy and we’ll cross that bridge if it comes.

    "You don’t look too far ahead at this stage in my career but in saying that you have to look at all options.

    “It’s not just about yourself but about family and they have to have an eye on post-footy when that time comes.”

    Lawrence continues to achieve success with his off-field business One Wellbeing and indicated his future would also centre around the growth of his director role.

    “For my family it might be a good opportunity [to travel overseas] but I’ve got a business here I’ve been working hard and growing,” Lawrence said.

    “It’s more selfish of me to extend my career a year or two and possibly jeopardise the next 10 years of my career in business. They’re the type of things I’ll have to weigh up.”

    https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/08/07/lawrence-to-weigh-up-future-after-ruling-out-super-league-move/



  • Call me old fashioned but this bloke needs to be given another contract due to his outstanding service to the club - plus he’s not old and is still first grade standard.



  • After the way we have welcomed back Benji and Robbie, watching them get to their 300, I can’t see Chrissy playing for another club against us. If he’s determined to play on, we need to come to an agreement and sign him up.



  • @Tiger_Steve said in Lawrence to weigh up future after ruling out Super League move:

    all me old fashioned but this bloke needs to be given another contract due to his outstanding service to the club - plus he’s not old and is still first grade standard.

    @TigerTiger said in Lawrence to weigh up future after ruling out Super League move:

    After the way we have welcomed back Benji and Robbie, watching them get to their 300, I can’t see Chrissy playing for another club against us. If he’s determined to play on, we need to come to an agreement and sign him up.

    Agreed and agreed!



  • I like Chris as our 14-17…can cover back row and centre if required…give him a spot in the 30, he won’t break the bank



  • Can’t see what the club has to consider really - Chris is no less a True Tiger than Robbie Farah - just as passionate, has more than bled for the club and is still a player with something to offer.

    Madge/Justin - sign him up, give him the chance to make the 250 … he is the sort of bloke, that if he wasn’t performing he would walk away himself.



  • If he isn’t worthy of a top 30 contract, well this club can shove it. But I’m confident in management. The bloke offers just as much on the field as he does off, and is a leader and mentor to so many, that’s worth the spend.



  • @Swordy said in Lawrence to weigh up future after ruling out Super League move:

    If he isn’t worthy of a top 30 contract, well this club can shove it. But I’m confident in management. The bloke offers just as much on the field as he does off, and is a leader and mentor to so many, that’s worth the spend.

    I hope this is just Marketing smarts by the club…

    We have 5 regular season games left and 2 huge club announcements regarding club legends Marshall and Lawrence. The club will make these +ve announcements at critical moments over the next 5 weeks that will/should spurn the club with victories



  • Lawrence should be signed he demonstrates team values we are trying to build and would be invaluable post retirement in a training capacity. He is still a very good back rower. Matterson, MCK and likely by next year Garner will be superior players. The issue is the cost and the roster spot as we are short up front and in the backs.

    I can’t see the Tigers and Madge after what he has said about him to not offer a deal but I doubt it’s going to be the highest on the market.



  • By the way why the hell is anyone putting contract negotiations out there when we are fighting for a spot in the 8.



  • @TYGA said in Lawrence to weigh up future after ruling out Super League move:

    By the way why the hell is anyone putting contract negotiations out there when we are fighting for a spot in the 8.

    Agree, odd timing. Also agree with what others have posted already and would like to see rowdy re-signed by the club.



  • True clubman, never an issue with his commitment, his ego or performance…

    1.more year Madge and Pasco

    He deserves the respect and fan fair.



  • If we could offload McQueen, Lawrence is defs worth an extension



  • @WT2K said in Lawrence to weigh up future after ruling out Super League move:

    @TYGA said in Lawrence to weigh up future after ruling out Super League move:

    By the way why the hell is anyone putting contract negotiations out there when we are fighting for a spot in the 8.

    Agree, odd timing. Also agree with what others have posted already and would like to see rowdy re-signed by the club.

    Just guessing the club is wary of roster spots left and have put Lawrence off until players moving on becomes clearer. If we move no one on we can’t sign an edge backrower.

    There will be movement at the station I suspect in the off-season.



  • I can see all the love for Lawrence but the question is what’s the maximum value that you would put on his contract and how many years?


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