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Missing Sydney Roosters centre Justin Hodges kept up the guessing game over his rugby league future .
Hodges who walked out on the Roosters two weeks ago, met his manager Jim Banaghan in Brisbane this afternoon but failed to indicate whether he intended returning to the Roosters or not.
The Bondi Junction club, which has given Hodges until February 9 to sort out his problems, hope he will be back before the deadline.
"He was positive but he's not giving any assurances," Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said.
"He wouldn't sound positive if he wasn't considering a return rather deeply.
"We're just assuming he's going to be back on Monday."
Hodges, who recently extended his contract at the club until the end of the 2007 season, has been in touch with two Roosters players but has yet to talk with club officials.
Banaghan relayed the content of today's meeting to the Roosters administration.
He later admitted he was none the wiser as to whether Hodges would be back on the training field next week.
They will meet again on Thursday or Friday where Banaghan, who revealed Hodges was more relaxed and rational today, hopes for a positive outcome.
"I'd like to think we'll have a resolution then," Banaghan said.
"Justin hasn't given any indication that he won't be (returning to training) and no indication he will.
"I'm hopeful. He's going to go away for a couple of days. It's up to him now. He has to make a life choice decision not a lifestyle one."
He was expected to make his return in the Roosters' pre-season trials but walked out on the club amid rumours he wanted to rejoin the Brisbane Broncos, the club he left to link up with the Roosters.
However, the Roosters have made it clear they have no intention of releasing him.