Former St George Illawarra Dragons and Melbourne Storm back Gareth Widdop is refusing to rule out an NRL return as he prepares for the start of the Super League season.
Widdop announced his decision to return home to England in January last year, granted a release from the final two years of his contract to live out what he considered to be a childhood dream.
The England five-eighth revealed that the decision was a hard one to make, compounded by having to deal with shoulder surgery.
“It was hard for a number of reasons apart from the fact that I missed most of the year because I had shoulder surgery,” he said.
“To come in at the back end knowing that we weren’t playing finals and to leave on that not was difficult.
“It was sorted early on and I knew it was coming so last year was just about enjoyment with my mates over there and it means a lot to me that place.”
“It was difficult, yeah but I’m happy to be here now.”
The 30-year-old admitted that whilst he is happy at Warrington, he refuses to rule out re-joining the NRL to finish out his career.
“Look I’m knocking on a bit now and I’m set and focused on being a Warrington Wolf,” Widdop said.
“If I was to go back to Australia, who knows.
“It might be in five or six years or it might be three years,
“Who knows where my journey will take me.
“But I’m just really excited that Warrington have given me this opportunity now and I am really looking forward to the next couple of years ahead.”
A veteran of 29 Tests for England and Great Britain, Widdop made his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm in 2010 before joining the Dragons in 2014.