Isaiah Papali’i has confirmed he is yet to make a decision on whether he will honour the contract he’s signed with the Tigers or backflip on it to remain at the Eels.
Papali’i told 9 News that he’ll make a call “in the off-season” and also revealed the moment he began mulling over his future.
The 23-year-old signed a big-money three-year contract last November with the Tigers beginning next season.
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However just under a month ago reports emerged that Papali’i had a change of heart and was considering backflipping on the contract.
Speaking to 9 News on Monday, Papali’i was still unsure about what he was going to do.
“Obviously people ask me about it, just even on the street or family and friends are hitting me up but that’s kind of for my manager look after and even if I don’t stay here or I do go next year, I want to make sure that this year has no regrets,” he said.
“I reckon somewhere in the off-season because this is distracting me at the moment,” he added when asked when he wants to make a decision by.
“We have a massive opportunity and I don’t want to leave any stone unturned this year and look back on it and think ‘I shouldn’t have left that stuff get in the way’.”
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Papali’i also revealed that it was the sacking of Michael Maguire in June that “rattled the cage” for him.
“I think it was the coaching axing that went on,” the Kiwi international said.
“When I did sign it was talking to Madge — he’s an awesome coach. That rattled the cage a bit and I guess you have to have those conversations and I guess that was a massive factor for me.”
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