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Morris open to playing on past 2020 but won't rush into call

He turns 34 next year and is coming off contract but Sharks outside back Josh Morris hasn't ruled out extending his illustrious career past 2020.

Morris wound back the clock upon joining Cronulla from Canterbury in 2019, scoring a team-high 15 tries across 23 games and earning a NSW recall for the State of Origin opener.

As he began pre-season training to prepare for his 14th NRL campaign, the veteran said he was in no rush to determine his future.

"I'll see how the body feels probably halfway through the year and make a decision then; there are factors to consider," Morris told

"If I'm playing good enough football and mentally and physically if I still feel like I'm capable of doing it then I'd love to go around.

"But there's a long time between now and the middle of the season so I'll make a decision then.

"[Form] would have a certain bearing on it. I thought this year was my best year for a number of years and it made me excited to be playing again next year."

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Despite being among the side's most consistent performers last season, Morris will have to fight to retain his starting centre role.

Jesse Ramien has rejoined Cronulla after a year at Newcastle, while excitement machine Bronson Xerri and former Kangaroo Josh Dugan are also in the mix.

Morris said he wasn't sure how the back line would look come round one.

"Obviously there will be a few conversations throughout the pre-season with Bomber [coach John Morris] and I guess he's got a luxury there of having four centres he can count on," he said.

"I've got the credentials and the experience behind me but whether or not he goes with that or goes another way, it's up to him. I've just got to support his decision."

Though regarded as one of the best defensive centres in the game, the versatility Morris has shown could work against him.

The six-time Australian representative spent time on the wing and at fullback in 2019 and handled the movement with ease.

"Probably from the halfway mark on I don't think I finished a game where I started," Morris said.

"I don't mind it. I guess it's probably easier for someone with my experience to do it. To be able to have that utility [value] is a good thing."

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