Sonny Bill Williams's premiership win with the Sydney Roosters may have moved him a step closer to returning to play rugby union in New Zealand.
Williams, who shut himself off from the public in the lead-up to the grand final, said after Sunday's 26-18 grand final win over Manly he is hopeful of making a decision on his future within a couple of weeks.
The World Cup-winning All Black is believed to have fielded a lucrative offer from Super Rugby's Chiefs as well as the offer of a million-dollar boxing purse to fight for the New Zealand heavyweight title.
After winning the NRL's greatest prize with the Roosters, Williams spoke fondly of his team-mates but said, now he has achieved the grand final win, he is set for a tough decision.
"It's humbling that I'm in the position I am in, to be able to make these calls, but I have to say that I'm my own man," Williams said.
"It's a tough decision coming up but tonight I just want to savour the moment.
"But whatever I do I just try and earn people's respect through my work and dedication."
Williams said he remains close to Chiefs captain and All Black Liam Messam and received a good luck text from him on Sunday before the grand final.
The Roosters back-rower admits he lost the respect of some rugby league fans when he walked out on the Bulldogs in 2008 while still under contract.
"I've got to take responsibility for my actions. Looking back I went through some embarrassing times when I looked at myself in the mirror," he said.
"Now I feel confident as a man that I represent my family the way I was brought up to.
"It comes down to having good people around me, a loving family and being in good environments like at the Roosters."
Williams also apologised for not speaking to the media during the week and putting himself on a social media ban.
"As a sportsman I know what gets the best out of me," he said.
"I changed my number and got off social media. I just saw that as a distraction.
"When I keep it simple and keep a low profile thats when you get the best out of me.
"I'm pretty dedicated but to win a competition like the NRL you have to go that extra mile. I just had to do my part as I know how much this means to the team."