George Smith's manager has all but ruled out a second successive Super Rugby return with the Brumbies for the Australian veteran.
With David Pocock's involvement in the tournament cruelly ended, speculation has been rife regarding another ACT comeback for the 33-year-old. Last year, Smith - playing domestically for Tokyo-based Suntory Sungoliath - was granted a 12-week stint back with his beloved Brumbies.
The flanker was a revelation, becoming one of the stars of the show as the franchise reached the final of the competition, and winning a sensational return to the Wallabies setup against the British and Irish Lions.
But Smith's manager, Lee Abrahams, cooled talk of a move back to Canberra for the player, who currently intends to take time off until May with his family before moving to French ProD2 side Lyon.
"George needs a rest, he's never had a proper break," Abrahams told the NZ Herald.
"He's just very lucky to have one of those robust bodies that never gets really injured - he's a freak."
But Abrahams left the possibility of a surprise move tantalisingly open.
"If he was phoned by Stephen Larkham or Laurie Fisher, George being George, he'd always pick up," added Abrahams.
"We work with George, we don't tell him what to do.
"It's something we wouldn't advise him to do, but you can never rule anything out with George Smith."