HE has led from the front with the Sea Eagles this season but prop Brenton Lawrence heads into Saturday afternoon’s clash against the Melbourne Storm with an uncertain future at the club.
He comes off-contract at the end of this season and the club is yet to start talking to him about a new deal for 2018.
“Do I want to stay here? Yes, I love this place,” Lawrence said.
“I’ve tabled 10-year $10 million proposal but I don’t know how they are going to take that.”
The hard yards forward, who has been one of Manly’s most consistent performers over the opening six rounds, insists that he is not concerned or nervous about his current situation.
But he would like things sorted out before the end of the season.
“I’m really not thinking about that too much, those things tend to take care of themselves,” Lawrence said.
“My perspective at the moment is just this week’s game and I think that’s really helping me.
“It’s about having a clear head and a steady mindset.”
After major surgery for debilitating back injury Lawrence has not taken a backwards step in the opening to the NRL season.
His role in the Sea Eagles has become even more important with fellow front-rower Marty Taupau sidelined with fractured ribs
But Lawrence played down the contribution he has made.
”I’d like to be playing better, get my hands on the ball a bit more and have a bit more of an impact,” Lawrence said.
“Certainly the fact that I am not injured and not playing like a busted is nice.”
Lawrence said Manly were flat in last Saturday’s loss to the Dragons and the lesson was that things aren’t just going to happen because you have been playing good football.
“You need to show up every week and make it happen- especially this week against a team like Melbourne,” he said.
“They are just clinical and don’t give you anything and they will embarrass you again if you give them room.”