Ben Barba says he won't make up his mind on a potential NRL return in 2019 until the end of this season.
Barba is currently playing in Super League with St Helens, and is contracted until the end of 2019.
Several NRL clubs have expressed interest in bringing the fullback back to Australia for next year.
But the former Cronulla star says he won't be forced into a decision now, and will wait until October.
“The speculation is obviously pretty intense and the honest answer right now is it’s a tough question to try and work out,” Barba told The Guardian.
“There’s a lot going on but I don’t want to think about that until the end of the season. It’s a massive decision and there’s pressure from family in Australia who want you to come home.
"I won’t discuss it until way down the track, though, because right now it’s about getting St Helens to a few finals and winning some trophies with this great club.”
"My family love it here [in England]. If they’re happy, that’s the main thing – and they’re loving it right now. The club and the town have been so wonderful – they’ve made us feel welcome and we’ll forever be grateful for that."