Ruan Sims concedes age is likely to work against her by the time the 2021 Women's World Cup comes around but the Roosters prop wants to remain working in the game at some capacity once she officially hangs up the boots.
One of the most recognised female players in the game, Sims was battered and bruised last year with a broken nose, wrist and hamstring injuries ruling her out of the inaugural Holden State of Origin clash and round one of the NRLW competition.
Her name is one of several expected to become a hot topic for Australian selectors ahead of the next tournament in the United Kingdom with a focus on the next generation a priority for the side.
Sims was overlooked by Jillaroos coach Brad Donald for the national side's only Test match of 2018 against the Kiwi Ferns in October due to form and was realistic when asked about what the future held.
"I've got to take it each year now as it comes, I'm 37 now and 2021 is a long time away," Sims told NRL.com.
"It was a difficult year through injury but that's what footy is and it's about bouncing back, being resilient and overcoming any obstacles that are in your path.
"I would've loved to have played for the Jillaroos last year, that is such a huge honour but at the same time you've got to take it as it comes. That was their decision and I've got to make sure I'm better next time to take that decision out of the equation.
"If I'm still playing and well enough to be in contention then that would be awesome but at the same time I understand where I am physically and my age and the talent I've got coming through.
"If I can be involved in any way, not even as a player, then I would love that."
Sims has relished the summer break and believes it has given her a fresher mentality leading into the new year.
She continues to work as a fire fighter while excelling in her new role as a commentator with Channel Nine and ABC radio.
"I've made a lot of hard choices in my life to get me to where I am and juggling all these things is a part of that journey," Sims said.
"I love it, I've been fortunate to be given some great opportunities and I learn more each time. A couple more years of craziness and then we'll see what happens after that."