Castleford Tigers coach Ian Millward is already building for next season but veteran Ryan McGoldrick is unlikely to be part of the new era at Wheldon Road.
For the Australian is set to bring down the curtain on seven years with the Tigers when his current contract expires at the end of the season.
At 31, the forward believes he can still ply his trade in Super League after 2012 – he has been linked with a move to neighbours Wakefield Trinity Wildcats – but is also considering returning home Down Under or a move to rugby union in France.
First. though, McGoldrick is desperate to propel the Tigers up Super League and towards the play-offs.
Currently in third-bottom spot, the Tigers need to start winning soon or risk getting cut adrift with Widnes and London Broncos. That can start tomorrow when they host Salford City Reds at the Probiz Coliseum.
“It has been a tough season,” said Queensland-born McGoldrick.
“You can’t sugar coat it and say it’s this reason or that reason, we’ve just been terrible.
“Monday’s game at Bradford summed that up. It was fairly boring and dour to play in. We have got to find some sort of solution to what’s going wrong, if not for the fans and the club just for ourselves and our families.”
Tigers lost 46-32 at Bradford on Monday evening, coming on the back of a disappointing 32-26 loss to Wakefield at Magic Weekend.
McGoldrick added: “Whenever you go on the field, you are your own product and, at the moment, I don’t think any of us are selling our product very well, from one to 17.
“You’ve got to look within yourself, not point the finger at other people. I’ve been in situations like this before and tough people find a way out of it.”
Tigers head coach Millward has already re-signed Michael Shenton from St Helens for next season and the West Yorkshire club are clearly ambitious.
McGoldrick, though, is looking for pastures new.
“I don’t know what I’m doing yet next year 100 per cent, but I’ve pretty much made a decision I won’t be at Cas. That’s pretty sad in one way, but exciting in another. I have been here seven years now and thought I was coming for one.
“I’ve stayed six years longer that I thought. It has probably got to a stage where we’re both heading in different directions, so it’s probably the right time.
“That’s life, all good things come to an end.”