The Rolling Stones, who have drifted apart in recent years, could be getting back together next year, Mick Jagger says.

"We are talking about it for 1989," the lead singer of the group said as he flew out of London's Heathrow Airport bound for Australia via New York.The band members, who celebrated the 25th anniversary of their first single two months ago, last toured together in 1982.

The group's future has been in doubt since reports of rows between Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards. Jagger, who will spend the next five weeks working in Australia, refused to be drawn on the details of the reunion plans.