Off-contract Morris brothers aren't ready to retire
Off-contract Bulldogs winger Brett Morris doesn't want his NRL career to end this year, but he understands the harsh nature of the business that is the NRL in 2018.
Brett and his brother Josh are both off contract at the end of the year and with plenty of talk around the salary cap predicament the Bulldogs find themselves in, it could lead to one if not both brothers not being offered deals to stay.
After 13 years in the NRL with the Dragons and Bulldogs, Brett expressed hope that he and his brother could be playing together next year.
"No, I don't want to retire. I love my job and I want to do it for a couple more years," Brett said.
"We're both in the same boat, we both want to play on. The manager's out there exploring options at the moment.
"You'd be naive to think that you can stay in a place when there's stuff like that (salary cap issues) going on and we understand these days that rugby league is a business, so you got to do what's best for the club and as a player you've got to do what's best for yourself as well.
"If they want a package deal they can have us but we are both individuals, we've both got our own families and our own wants and needs so they're totally different deals and if it worked out that we ended up at the same club then so be it."
Centre Josh Morris said the idea of the two heading overseas remained an option.
"Still speaking with my manager at the moment so probably in the next month or so we should know what's going on and where I'll be next year," Josh said.
"Every option is an option at the moment. I've only got a young family so if I was to go overseas it's not a bad time to do it.
"It's well documented what's going on, all I can focus on is trying to play as best footy as I can week in, week out and hopefully the rest will sort out itself."
The Bulldogs are in for a grudge match on Friday night as they face the Parramatta Eels who trail them on for-and-against at the bottom of the ladder.
Brett said the clash at ANZ Stadium was a crucial one for both sides.
"We need to start winning games of footy, I think Parramatta is in the same boat as well. Any time we play against them they're always good clashes so it should be a good atmosphere and both teams want to win a game of footy," he said.
"Both sides need to win a game of footy and need to string a few together.
"We've put ourselves in these positions and we need to get out of them. It takes a lot of hard work and as I said in the past we've always had very tough battles against Parramatta so I expect nothing different."