Lawrence at career crossroads
CHRIS Lawrence will retire if he doesn’t agree to a contract extension with the Wests Tigers in the coming weeks.
Lawrence is deep in negotiations to pen a new deal that will see him hang up the boots as a one-club player at the Tigers.
The St Gregory’s College product has played 240 NRL games since making his debut for the joint-venture club in 2006. Lawrence’s preference is to play on but he is yet to agree to a deal to continue his stellar career.
He displayed remarkable courage to play 13 matches for the Tigers this season after fearing he’d never play again following an off-season facial injury.
Lawrence had to have seven metal plates inserted in his face after copping an accidental hit to the face from teammate Ben Matulino that required a full facial reconstruction.
Despite plenty of self-doubt, Lawrence returned to the field to finish the season.
Now the 31-year-old fan favourite is aiming to pass the retired Robbie Farah and become the most capped Wests Tigers player.
Farah played 256 games for the Tigers but Lawrence will look to take over his mark if he commits for the 2020 season and potentially beyond.