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Andrew Johns is yet to make a decision on a possible switch to rugby union after another dramatic day in the battle for his signature.
Last night, Johns gave the strongest indication yet that he was set to switch codes and rumours were rife that the two-time premiership winner would announce his move this afternoon.
But suddenly, reports began circulating around rugby league circles that Johns had re-signed with the Newcastle Knights and would announce the decision on Channel Nine?s ?The Footy Show?.
Johns appeared on the program tonight but the interview turned out to be a ratings stunt, with the injured halfback failing to make an announcement on his future despite suggestions from Nine that he would indeed declare his intentions for 2005.
A tired looking Johns said he was yet to make his decision on his future and simply ?doesn?t know? what he wants to do in 2005.
He said he still has plenty to achieve in rugby league, but union offers him a new challenge and that provides a major incentive for him.
He also hinted he may like to leave a fishbowl style life he has in Newcastle where he is a local hero.
Despite the constant rumours and talk in league circles, it would appear that Johns is indeed yet to make a decision on his future.
Johns confirmed on Channel Nine tonight that money wasn?t a major factor in his decision, as the financial result is virtually the same whatever he decides.
But it could be Nine who ends up keeping Johns in rugby league, with rumours suggesting the network have offered him a deal that will see him join their commentary team once he retires.
Last night, Johns hinted he may switch codes.
?I?ve said from day one this decision will be for me and for my family,? Johns told A Current Affair. ?Unfortunately it may have consequences and make others unhappy.?
Rugby officials are believed to be extremely confident that they will sign Johns next season, but it?s understood a key part of the deal has fallen away in the past 24 hours.
Further speculation suggests that Johns may well stay in rugby league ? but could join Manly next season in a dramatic club switch.
The bottom line: Johns is yet to make his decision and it?s unlikely an official announcement will be made until early next week.