Adam Reynolds is in no rush to bring his contract stand-off with the Rabbitohs to a head, backing himself to play his way into a long-term deal.
Reynolds once again kicked his opposition into submission on Friday night, forcing two drop-outs and keeping the Roosters pinned in their own half as South Sydney triumphed 26-16.
His impressive form came after concussion concerns had him in doubt for the match, having been the best player on the field against Manly a week earlier before a head knock finished his day after 41 minutes.
The 30-year-old has been locked in a stalemate with South Sydney over the one-year extension tabled last month, with Reynolds wanting a two-or-three-year deal and club management refusing to budge.
As his manager Steve Gillis told NRL.com three weeks ago, Reynolds won't entertain a 12-month offer and is set to hit the open market.
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Reynolds confirmed he is considering a life beyond Redfern if a deal can't be done with the Rabbitohs but says he isn't anxious to sort his future as the season carries on.
"I'm not in a rush. I'm not desperate to get things done," Reynolds said after defeating the Roosters.
"I'll just keep playing footy, keep trying to perform the best I can and let my manager do all the work. That's what he gets paid for.
"I'm happy playing footy. I'm loving every minute of this season and I've got a manager for a reason.
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"He sorts all that stuff out so I don't have to worry about it. My job is to go out there and play footy and win games and that's all I focus on."
Reynolds' strong start to the season and pressure on scrumbases at Brisbane, Wests Tigers and North Queensland among other clubs is likely to only see focus heightened on his future, along with several other off-contract halves.
His preference has always been to remain at South Sydney, where he debuted in 2012 and delivered a premiership two years later.
But asked if he was coming to terms with leaving his junior club, Reynolds made his priorities clear.
"You've got to consider all your options," Reynolds said.
"I've got a young family at home. I've got a wife, I've got a mortgage to pay off. You've got to weigh up all options.
"Security's a big thing for me and with four kids at home, it's got to be a bit longer than one year for me.
"Security is a big thing for my family, I've got to look after them first and then footy comes second."