Adam Reynolds admits he's been left overwhelmed and emotional by the support of fans after starting to accept he may have to leave South Sydney.
Reynolds insisted again this weekend he would not budge on his contract demands, wanting at least a two-year deal to stay at the Rabbitohs.
As things stand, South Sydney will not go beyond the one-season they are offering the 30-year-old, with a squeeze coming on their salary cap.
North Queensland have already shown their interest in the halfback, while almost 5000 Souths fans have signed a petition demanding the club offer him a longer contract.
But there can be no questioning Reynolds' passion for the club after playing all 210 of his first-grade games there.
The Souths junior kissed the club's badge after scoring the final try in their 38-0 flogging of the Bulldogs on Friday, in a bid to thank fans for their backing.
"It's for the fans, the fans have been terrific," Reynolds said.
"The messages of support have been a bit overwhelming, I didn't realise I had so much support going around.
"They've been fantastic, so that was a little message for the fans, a thank you.
"It's hard not to be (emotional).
"You check your messages and you have hundreds of messages from supporters and members wishing you the best, whether it's to stay or to leave."
Reynolds is in no rush to make a call on 2022, hopeful a big year may swing the pendulum in his favour.
But whilever he is playing the way he is, the headlines and demands that South Sydney bow to Reynolds' wishes won't go away.
Since raising the issue of his contract publicly in February, Reynolds has guided the Rabbitohs to three straight wins at half as they remain a serious title contender.
"It's a slow process," Reynolds said.
"We have to go over a number of things and work through certain situations. As long as it gets sorted out by November I'll be happy.
"I've had those thoughts (of having to leave), I've come to the realisation it might happen.
"You have to have that realisation or you're thinking about other things.
"But it's a pretty simple solution - just keep playing good footy at Souths and anything is possible."
One thing he won't do though is bow to the pressure of a single-year deal at Redfern, with longer contracts almost certain to be on offer elsewhere.
"Security is everything for me and my family," Reynolds said.
"I said before I don't want to be signing one-year contracts for the rest of my life. If you ask any player my age they'd probably say the same.
"I still feel like I have another good three, four years in me, maybe five, who knows. But I'd like a minimum of two."