I haven't lived up to marquee money: Mbye

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Moses Mbye denies his request to test the NRL market for 2022 is about trying to get home to Queensland, more money or even getting more time on the field.

For the ex-Wests Tigers captain, it's simply time to see what else it out there beyond the end of his contract which expires at the end of next season.

In a rare show of selflessness from an NRL player looking for a new contract, Mbye said on Thursday he knows he hasn't lived up to the marquee money he was paid when he joined the Tigers in 2018.

Since he joined the club mid-season on a deal worth around $800,000 a year, the Queensland Origin utility hasn't nailed down a spot in the backline.

He admits his NRL future is probably as a bench utility - the role he's currently playing with the Tigers.

"The reality of it is I came to this club as a marquee signing and in patches I've been able to do that and play to those standards and in patches I haven't," he said.

"We've got some great young players coming through and the last thing you want to be doing is obstructing where this club is going.

"If I can get the opportunity to speak to a club then I'll take that up, but I didn't want to do that behind their back without them knowing."

Mbye spoke to Tigers' general manager of football Adam Hartigan about how he was feeling, which led to chief executive Justin Pascoe giving him the OK to speak to clubs about a new deal for next season.

He becomes the latest player to hit the market with South Sydney still locked in a stalemate with star halfback Adam Reynolds over the length of his contract extension.

North Queensland are interested in signing the premiership winner, while Mbye would be a handy addition as a utility back to most sides.

Mbye ruled out a move to the Super League, but also said he wasn't looking specifically to return to Queensland.

"I am a proud Queenslander but I feel like I'm nearly a New South Welshman now, I've been here for 10-odd years," he said.

"All my children were born in NSW, my kids go to school here, so it's not my desire to go back to Queensland at all.

"I'm not shutting down any opportunity, but there's no preference on where I want to go.

"There's nothing that has to happen immediately.

"I'm contracted here until 2022 and I'm committed to that."

Brisbane coach Kevin Walters gave Mbye his Origin debut in 2019 and said while he hadn't considered making a move for him, any club would benefit from his experience.

"Certainly, he's an Origin player and he's got good versatility as well," Walters said.

"I would've thought he'd be a player that many clubs would be interested in."