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Isaiah Papalii has confirmed he is yet to make a decision on whether to honor his contract with the Tigers or stay at Els.

Papalii told 9 News that he makes calls “out of season” and also revealed when he started thinking about his future.

The 23-year-old signed a big-money three-year contract with the Tigers last November, starting next season.

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However, a month ago, reports surfaced that Papalii had a change of heart and was considering backing out of his contract.

Speaking to 9 News on Monday, Papali still wasn’t sure what to do.

“Of course people ask me about it, on the street or my family and friends are beating me, but it’s kind of my manager to take care of me and I want to do it even if I don’t stay here or go next year. I’m sure there will be no regrets this year.

Asked when he wanted to make a decision, he added: “I’ll think about somewhere in the off-season because that’s my distraction at the moment.”

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Papalii described the sacking of Michael Maguire in June as “the one that shook the house”.

“I think it’s continued coaching,” the Kiwi international said.

“I was talking to Madge when I signed – he’s a great coach. I guess that shakes up the room a little bit and you have to have those conversations and I guess that’s a big factor for me.

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