It wasn't too long ago Shannon Boyd was showcasing Western Rams talent on the grandest stage of all but just two years after playing for his country the hulking prop could be heading home to Cowra.
Reports surfaced last week the Cowra Magpies junior and current Gold Coast Titan was considering retirement.
After playing more than 100 games for the Canberra Raiders - and playing for the Kangaroos - Boyd signed a bumper $2.4 million, four-year contract with the Titans but he could walk away less than two years into that deal.
"He's been battling injury for a long time. He's a big boy and the game is getting really quick," Titans coach Justin Holbrook said on Friday.
"So it's up to Boyd. He is having a think about it at the moment."
Since signing with the Titans before the 2019 season Boyd has played just 14 NRL matches.
The Titans took on the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday recording a comfortable 30 to 12 win lifting themselves to 13th position on this year's premiership ladder.
In other rugby league news Wallerawang Landscaping Cup presidentDallas Booth has called for a sensible mix of Group 10 top graders in this year's Midwest cup competition.
And he's not just trying to push for players from Oberon to join his Tigers, he thinks all the sides would benefit from a healthy mix of top-flight talent, adding that the opportunity to play alongside the region's best players would be a once-in-a-career opportunity for some of the blokes who've never set foot out of the second-tier competition before.
Not only that, Booth thinks the spotlight placed on his tournament in 2020 will be an unprecedented one and that clubs should be trying to maximise the level of talent on their sides in order to get more fans at the grounds.
"A couple of those players on each team will make the games more compelling to come and watch," Booth said. "It gives lesser players a chance to develop alongside some really high-quality players."
It's a loaded topic to say the least and Group 10 officials are set to meet with each other on Wednesday to discuss the eligibility of players in the competition and no matter the outcome, Booth will support it.
"Whatever they decide on Wednesday, we're happy to abide by it... they will have their own ideas about everything and we'll conform to that," he said.
"We just want to get out there and play footy with our mates."
The rumour mill has been swirling in the last few weeks and Booth shot down speculation that a pair Oberon's first-graders from 2019 are signed on to play with the Tigers this winter."