Kirk plays a waiting game on his options
AT 28, Corey Kirk has plenty left to offer on the field.
And after guiding the Panthers to the Open Division 1 title as player-coach, his input to the new Eastern Suburbs club would be invaluable.
But Kirk is waiting to see what the new joint venture between Redbank Plains and Springfield presents before deciding his options for 2014.
"I'm still 50/50 at the moment," Kirk said.
"Springfield and Redbank Plains are two totally different clubs and cultures.
"It can be successful, depending on what they're trying to do."
Kirk believes Springfield should be considered for it's own A grade team in the long term, given the growth of the area and the talent within it.
But he also sees the need for a top-grade team in the short term to retain such players.
Two players praised by Kirk from the grand final win - Nathan Bani and Anthony Noa - are prime examples.
Kirk has no doubt they should be playing at a higher level.
"There's a group of lads that are all better than Open Division," Kirk said.
"They'll be looking for a place next year.
"And Redbank Plains obviously has got some quality so I suppose it can be successful.
"They just need a decent plan in place and good support staff.
"There's no reason it can't work."
But will it work?
"I'd love to say yes," Kirk said.
"But until I sit down and talk with Dean (IRL facilitator Dean Daylight) and find out how everything works, I can't say."