Lance: I may quit Saints

Lance Hohaia says his time at Saints may be coming to an end
Lance Hohaia says his time at Saints may be coming to an end

Lance Hohaia is considering quitting Saints at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old stand off is coming to the end of his three-year deal at Langtree Park, and has admitted he is thinking about life after rugby.

Hohaia is set to line up against Leeds Rhinos in Friday’s Super League showdown, and wants the game to be a checkpoint in a successful season.

“My contract’s up at the end of the year and I’ll sit down with my wife and think about what we want to do and what our plans are,” he said. “I have two young boys, one’s nearly three and one’s nearly one so it’s a long time to be away from home.

“I’ve enjoyed my time but I definitely have to think about the future now and what’s right for us.

“I’m trying to enjoy the games I’ve got until the end of the season and see what happens.

“The end is definitely nearing and I’m getting ready for that.”

The 2008 World Cup winner is already studying for a diploma in sports management, and if he does decide to leave the UK, he will need to decide which side of the globe to begin his next chapter.

“Potentially America,” he said when asked if he would return to New Zealand.

“My wife’s American so we have a few options there. It’s always going to be hard, one of our families would be missing the other but those are decisions you have to make.”

But Hohaia hasn’t ruled out all his options yet, and could be persuaded to stay on at the club.

“I haven’t made any definitive decisions about the future just yet,” he said.

“I’ve had a fortune career and I’ve been able to play for a long time.

“My body is feeling pretty good considering what I’ve put it through.

“I never say never to anything but at this stage I’m just trying to finish off the year as well as I can and see how things go.”

The versatile playmaker hasn’t held any discussions yet with the club, and admits he has many options to weigh up.

“When I first arrived in the UK I planned to finish up after this contract - anything on top of that was a bonus,” he said.

“I’m definitely preparing for life after rugby and I have an idea of what I want to do but I think about that more and more as I get older.

“At the moment we haven’t had any talks and if anything comes up we’ll talk about that then.”

And Hohaia has the full backing of his family, whether he decides to stay with St Helens or pursue a new career.

“My wife is leaving the decision up to me,” he said. “She wants to support whatever I want to do.

“Obviously your priorities change when you have kids so I will have to put my thinking cap on and have a serious conversation about that 
soon.”