Off-contract Raiders prop David Shillington is letting his football do the talking to show he deserves to remain in the NRL next year.
The former Kangaroos and Queensland front-rower continued his impressive form revival with a five-star performance in Saturday's 44-22 win against the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium.
Shillington ploughed through a massive 203m from a game-high 21 carries in 53 minutes of game time in just his fourth first-grade game this season.
The 31-year-old was in the unfamiliar position of starting the year in the NSW Cup before missing two months with a broken thumb.
Shillington kept contract talks on ice while he was injured, but hopes his performances in the past month could lead to having his future secured.
"I'm 31 at the moment, so clubs want to know that I can still keep up with the pace and my body's still holding together," Shillington said. "Hopefully I'm proving that point now.
"I want to play on for a few more years, so stringing those games together for the Raiders will go a long way towards that."
Shillington has played 120 games for the Raiders since joining the club in 2009 after starting his career with the Sydney Roosters.
He is a veteran of 14 Tests for Australia and eight State of Origin games for the Maroons, with the last of those in 2013.
The Raiders may be unable to retain Shillington as they look to lock in Country Origin representatives Paul Vaughan and Shannon Boyd on long-term deals.
The Raiders are also still in the mix for Test front-rower James Tamou, who wants to move to Canberra for family reasons.
The Raiders are on the cusp of the top eight after breaking their three-game losing streak.
Shillington said the impact of several off-season recruits gave the Raiders the belief they could challenge for the finals.
"Guys like Blake Austin, Sia Soliola, Josh Hodgson, they've been enormous for us this year," Shillington said. "They've added another dimension.
Shillington was a team-mate of Soliola when the pair were at the Roosters, but admitted he had been surprised with how he had developed since their time apart.
"He was a young, pretty flash dynamic centre at the Roosters and when he came back, he's turned into a hardened, professional, second-rower," Shillington said.
"He keeps running those tough lines and defends like there's no tomorrow. He has an enormous work rate."