The NSW Waratahs have thrown their hat in the ring for Benji Marshall as the rugby league superstar prepares to quit the NRL after this seasonwoven label.
"We've been chatting with his manager now for a couple of years and we are definitely interested in bringing Benji Marshall to the Waratahs china vpn," said Waratahs chief executive Jason Allen.
However, he made it clear the Waratahs' biggest immediate priorities were retaining league convert Israel Folau - sure to get an upgraded deal after a stellar first season - and signing free agent, Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale z travel and tourism news.
Marshall's manager Martin Tauber made it clear on Tuesday that the 28-year-old playmaker was intent on a switch to rugby union after seeking a release from Wests Tigers Beauty Mama, his home for the past 13 years.
"He just feels he needs to get his mojo back and feels he's going to have to do that in rugby," said Tauber.
It sparked renewed speculation about New Zealander Marshall's next destination, with the Waratahs and Auckland-based fellow Super Rugby club the Blues to the fore after confirming talks.
While Marshall may struggle to match the money he was offered to stay at Wests Tigers Beauty Mama- he could possibly top up a Super Rugby deal with a stint in the lucrative Japanese club rugby competition.
Tauber dropped a tantalising hint that he could head to the Waratahs.
"He's already had a conversation with Izzy (Folau) about playing rugby - they'd be a devastating duo," Tauber said.
The prospect of Marshall linking with the likes of Folau and Beale would delight Waratahs fans but Allen did not offer great cause for confidence
"There could be a slight opportunity but there are a lot of things that need to fall into place and come our way with Benji Marshall," said Allen.
"We've got some very big decisions pending with Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale and they are our priorities right now.
"But we can't close the door just yet."
The Melbourne Rebels were quick to dismiss any suggestion of chasing Marshall - or any link with their shock decisions to part with wayward Wallabies utility backs James O'Connor and Beale in the past fortnight.
Blues coach Sir John Kirwan hoped to lure Marshall back to New Zealand.
"I've spoken to him. He's a guy who is excited about the next stage of his professional career," Kirwan told Fairfax on Tuesday.
"It didn't get down to whether we were a part of his mix.
"What I got out of the conversation was he was genuinely thinking about changes in his life.
"I've spoken to his manager and we're part of what he is thinking moving forward. We're in the mix I'm sure.
"He'll be assessing what's on the table and I'm sure the Blues aren't the only people talking to him."
Former Wallabies coach John Connolly believed Marshall could make a successful transition but said the biggest adjustment would be getting used to the closeness of the defensive line.
"There is not as much space to operate in, in rugby and that is something he will have to get used to," Connolly said. "He will have to learn how to create that space.
"Like Quade Cooper he has a good left and right pass that can create space for his outside men.
"There will be a transition but I am sure he will make a success of it "