Lawrence at ca­reer cross­roads

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT LOGUE

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.

Chris Lawrence.

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