Matty Russell weighing up his options following Toulouse relegation

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Scotland winger Matty Russell says he will decide his future this month and admits he may quit Toulouse following their Super League relegation.

The 29-year old says he has been revitalised during his season in France and is keen to stay to help their fight back into the top flight.

But having signed a “Super League status” only contract, the winger is now free to look at other options, and admits he is at the stage in his career where he wants to keep fighting at the highest level possible.

“Players will go elsewhere and do other things and I myself am not sure what I’m going to do yet,” Russell reveals on this week’s Love Rugby League Podcast.

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Matty Russell considering his options for 2023

Russell is dealing with relegation for the third successive year having dropped out of Super League with Toronto and then their immediate replacements Leigh.

“My contract was Super League status only and that is a strong ambition of mine to keep playing Super League,” he said.

“It’s not good always being relegated but this one feels totally different as we had so many tight games we could have won. It’s quite frustrating. 

“My agent is currently speaking with the club and I’m not sure what will happen yet, there are maybe a few opportunities elsewhere and that will be decided in the next few weeks. 

“It’s a tough call because I want to be playing at the top level and I think I’ve proved every time I have played Super League, even in struggling teams, I’ve always been up there in the stats. 

“At Warrington when you are in good team you will see the wingers get the high stats because the forwards are laying the platform and you have really good ball carriers. Recently I’ve always been in teams who lack go forward and have always come out with good stats. 

“Weighing up the pros and cons of living in Toulouse, I don’t know the money aspect yet, but I have learned a lot through being over here.”

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