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O'Donnell undecided on future

Luke O'Donnell is yet to decide if he will play on next season after helping the Sydney Roosters win their first NRL premiership in 11 years.
O'Donnell undecided on future
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, Oct 7 AAP - Luke O'Donnell is yet to decide if he will play on next season after helping the Sydney Roosters win their first NRL premiership in 11 years.

The former NSW Origin enforcer finished Sunday night's grand final with a badly retorn hamstring which forced him to sit out the final 15 minutes of the 24-18 win over Manly after making a significant contribution off the bench.

Roosters five-eighth James Maloney cheekily announced that 32-year-old O'Donnell had signed on for another year at the club's celebratory fan day at Allianz Stadium on Monday morning - a claim club CEO Brian Canavan was quick to deny.

"Don't believe anything Jimmy Maloney says, he got up last night and announced to the crowd Sonny Bill (Williams) was staying for another three years," Canavan told AAP.

O'Donnell was the fourth of the Roosters' big-name signings at the start of the year alongside Williams, Maloney and Michael Jennings, agreeing a one-year deal on the eve of the season.

Williams said after the grand final he would make an announcement "within weeks" about his playing future, with speculation rife in New Zealand that the brilliant back-rower will heading back to Super Rugby champions the Chiefs.

O'Donnell's was similarly non-committal about his future plans, but did admit it would be hard to top winning his first grand final 14 years after making his debut for Balmain.

"I'll have to sit down with my wife and decide what we want to do," O'Donnell told AAP.

"It's hard to think about footy-related things when you are on the high of winning a GF.

"I have loved every minute of my time at the club since coming back from England and I'll just have to weigh up the situation."

O'Donnell admits he hardly slept a wink on Friday night after Roosters coach Trent Robinson told him he wouldn't make a decision to start him until the eve of the game due to his troublesome hamstring.

"That was hard. I was desperate to play but I understood where he was coming from, he has to think about the team," he said.

"Unfortunately (the hamstring) did go again during the game which made the last 15 minutes a bit nervy as we had only 16 players, but thankfully the boys held on."




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