Former All Blacks wing Zac Guildford is having second thoughts about a move to the Waratahs for the 2016 Super Rugby season.
Guildford is set to play for Hawke's Bay's in the ITM Cup after returning to New Zealand from France where he played for Clermont-Auvergne.
The 26-year-old played at Super Rugby level for the Hurricanes and Crusaders and was linked with a move to the Waratahs, who will be coached by former Crusaders assistant coach Darryl Gibson in 2016.
However, Guildford is reconsidering and is set to stay in New Zealand.
"I've had a rethink and I've decided it might be better to stay closer to home and family and friends," he told Hawke's Bay Today.
"There could be a bit of interest from New Zealand Super teams too."
The 11-Test All Black will play for Hawke's Bay in their Ranfurly Shield defence against Northland in Napier on Sunday.
Guildford has a history of alcohol-related problems which resulted in the New Zealand Rugby Union terminating his contract in May 2014.