Corey Norman copped the news he was not wanted by St George Illawarra on the chin, saying he felt the writing was on the wall before a meeting with Anthony Griffin last week.
The 30-year-old has been told by the club his NRL contract will not be renewed as they look to invest in rising young halves Jayden Sullivan and Junior Amone to partner Ben Hunt in 2022 and beyond.
It leaves Norman without a club for next season and no real prospects, joining Shaun Johnson, Anthony Milford, Ash Taylor and Matt Moylan as off-contract halves in a crowded market.
"I have no idea (what's next)," he said after the Dragons' sorry 28-6 loss to Canterbury on Monday.
"There's a few of us off as well.
"I've got to play a bit better and I want to enjoy my time with the boys and see what happens.
"We're halfway through the year now and nothing had popped up yet.
"I was speaking to a few of the boys and I kind of felt like (the Dragons) were going to go that way.
"We've got two young kids here who are pretty special. I was getting that feeling anyway.
It follows Griffin's decision to allow fullback Matt Dufty to leave at the end of the season too as part of a back-line refresh in 2022.
Griffin said after the Dragons' loss that these were tough but necessary conversations to have to get the club back to consistent success.
"It's a hard one, every one is a hard one," he said.
"Matt Dufty was a hard decision to make, he's played for this club all his life, but it's what we feel like is in the best interest of the club in the long term so we can build a list that can bring us sustained success.
"They're not easy decisions."
Norman said he hadn't considered where he would like to play or even the possibility of moving away from the Sydney/Wollongong area to continue his career.
However, the ex-Queensland Origin half Norman said he appreciated Griffin's honesty.
"That's the best thing about Hook, he's straight up and down and as a player that's what you want," he said.
"I wouldn't have liked it if he beat around the bush, to be honest.
"That's what you respect about him and I'd rather that than someone beat around the bush."
Australian Associated Press