Unwanted Canterbury forward Aiden Tolman believes he is the ideal senior mentor for a club as he looks to secure his NRL future at a rival team.
Tolman is on the lookout for a new team after being told he wasn’t part of the Bulldogs’ plans next season under new coach Trent Barrett.
The veteran prop has played 275 NRL games dating back to his debut for the Melbourne Storm back in 2008.
Tolman is yet to field an offer for next season, but he has the experience to be a valuable pick-up to help a club educate a young pack of forwards.
“I’ve been in the competition for 14 years now, so I can draw on that from my career,” Tolman said.
“That is definitely a positive for me.
“While the last couple of years at the Bulldogs hasn’t been great, I was lucky to have some great times early on there.
“I had a good 10 years there. It is unfortunate the way it finished there, but that is just the way it goes sometimes.
“I’m definitely not retiring, and I’ll have a look what team is out there and go from there.”
Aiden Tolman is keen to play on next season at a rival club after being told he is unwanted at Canterbury next season. Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Tolman’s preference is to remain in the NRL, but he won’t rule out a move to the English Super League if the world returns to normal post the coronavirus pandemic.
But with international borders still closed as the world attempts to eradicate the virus, he says he will likely stay in Australia.
“I wouldn’t say no to anything, but you see what is happening over in England at the moment,” he said.
“I don’t think I could put my family through that situation if it doesn’t get any better.
“It is just the way it is with the virus going on, and I’d also love to continue to play in Australia.”
Tolman hopes to find a new club in the coming weeks as NRL teams finalise their rosters for 2021.
The now former Bulldogs bookend feels like he can still deliver at the highest level.
“I still have some football left in me, and I suppose now that is up to a club,” he said.
“Everyone knows how I play and the style of footy I play.
“If there is a position at a club that wants me, then I suppose that is all I need to worry about.
“But if a club wants my style of play, then I’m more than happy to continue to play.”
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