- By Kassie Gadeke
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Scott McLaughlin says he is in the "perfect place" with Wilson Security GRM and it would take an incredible offer to lure him away once his contract is up at the end of next season.
A handful of seats are still to be confirmed for next season, but talk has already shifted to next year's game of musical chairs, with another run of big names out of contract at the end of '16.
Twenty-two year old McLaughlin is one of those, and with his results back on the rise, there's no doubt rival teams will be attempting to poach him from Garry Rogers' close-knit operation.
On last night's episode of Inside Supercars, McLaughlin suggested he would be open to offers, but a commitment from Volvo for the future would be a big step in securing him at the team.
"That helps my decision," McLaughlin responded to reports Volvo would continue to back the team for a further two years.
When asked if he would be putting himself on the market for 2017, he said:"I've got to, don't I - it's my career.
"At the end of the day, I'm in a perfect place at the moment," he continued.
"I really enjoy where I am, it'd have to be a really good deal for me to go. I enjoy the way of life at GRM and I'm happy there.
"So I'm just going to focus on what I've got to do, push on until the end of the year and it'll sort itself out."
Manufacturer support is an added level of security for McLaughlin, as the sport enters the Gen2 phase from 2017.
Ford is no longer committed to the sport, Betty Klimenko's Erebus team has never been factory-backed, and while Holden and Nissan have spoken positively about continuing in Supercars, no deals have formally been announced for the new era.
James Phelps reported on the Inside Supercars panel that Rogers confirmed Volvo was set to sign for two more years.
"100 per cent, for sure, you've got to have some sort of backing there and that's a good step for Garry," McLaughlin said.
"To be honest I didn't know that, what Garry said is pretty cool."
Phelps has regularly linked McLaughlin to a move to the Holden Racing Team, with speculation he would move to the Walkinshaw Racing squad as far back as 2013 when the team was looking to fill the Supercheap Auto Racing seat currently occupied by Tim Slade.
It is believed both James Courtney and Garth Tander are out of contract with HRT at the end of 2016.