Sutton wants chance to reach 300
John Sutton is hopeful he can bring up the 300-games mark with South Sydney next season.
The 32-year-old doesn't yet have a contract for 2018 but has received a strong endorsement from teammate Sam Burgess.
I love the club and I've been here my whole career, so I wouldn't want to play anywhere else.John Sutton
Sutton's nearing the end of his 14th season with the Rabbitohs, and has racked up 278 games since his debut in 2004.
He wants to stay with the club next year, when he should have a strong chance of joining the 300-club.
Sutton's been ever-present for the Rabbitohs so far this season, and though he hasn't ruled out playing elsewhere next year his preference is to stay put and he feels "pretty confident" he will ink a new deal.
"I've got nothing signed, I'm still working on that. I want to play here next year so hopefully we can get something sorted," he said. "I love the club and I've been here my whole career, so I wouldn't want to play anywhere else."
Sutton added: "I think I've been playing pretty good lately so just probably keep continue to keep playing good footy for the rest of the season."
Star forward Burgess feels Sutton is still an integral part of South Sydney, and would be delighted if he became the first player at the club to play 300 matches.
"I don't think anyone's going to get close for a long time," said Burgess. "He's playing good football. He's great around the young boys."
Meanwhile, winger Daniel Tupou could miss the rest of the season for Sydney Roosters.
Scans on Monday showed Tupou suffered a groin tear in the second half of the Tricolours' defeat to Manly and will be unavailable for up to six weeks.
That means he would only return in the third week of the finals, if the Roosters progressed that far in September.
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