St Kilda stalwart Nick Riewoldt has spoken about his future on the Saturday Rub today ahead of the Hawthorn v Gold Coast clash at the MCG.
Riewoldt’s playing future has been a topic of contention this season, stoked again today when Grant Thomas suggested Roo retire at year’s end.
Thomas feels that Riewoldt is stunting the development of younger Saints forwards Tim Membrey, Josh Bruce and Paddy McCartin.
Riewoldt says isn’t distracted by the ongoing conversation about his future, however.
Listen to Roo talk about his future here:
“I’m fine to be honest,” he said.
“It’s something that I haven’t been through before personally, and I think the first couple of weeks probably was a little bit rattling once the noise started, but I’m OK.”
He said that his main priority is getting back on the park.
“To be honest, I just want to get back out there and play,” Roo said.
“Body feels really good, I just wanted that extra week this week to just really make sure.”
Roo said that the decision on whether to play on won’t be made by him alone.
“I think there’s a lot that comes into it, and clearly there’s another stakeholder here and that’s the football club,” he said.
“That’ll play out, I’m in no hurry, I don’t need to know tomorrow… I just wanna get back out there.”