Record chaser: Roosters stalwart Anthony Minichiello. Photo: Getty Images
Anthony Minichiello says this NRL season may not be his last as he sets his sights on becoming the longest-serving player at Sydney Roosters.
This year, Minichiello's 15th in first grade, was widely believed to be his last after the premiership-winning captain signed a year-long deal with the tricolours last month.
But the former Test and State of Origin player is yet to make a decision on his future and may play on again next year.
''I'm not going to say it's my last season [this season] completely, I'll head into the season and weigh things up when I feel it's appropriate,'' the 33-year-old said on Wednesday.
''It's hard to say when I'll decide, I'll get into the first part of the season and just see how we're going as a club. The main thing is the body and how it's feeling and how the mind's feeling, I suppose.''
Since making his NRL debut in 2000, one-club man Minichiello has played 275 first-grade games for the Roosters. He is the club's all-time leading try-scorer with 122 and sits second behind Luke Ricketson (301 games) in the number of games played.
Minichiello says he can't believe Brad Fittler is making a comeback at the Auckland Nines. He played alongside Fittler in his final first-grade game in the 2004 grand final and, while he believed the former Kangaroos captain could make an impact at the NRL tournament, he said he was crazy to try.
''I think he is mad to come back at 42,'' he said. ''But he is training with the [Roosters] squad and he is a naturally gifted athlete, so good luck to him.''