Highlanders fly-half Colin Slade is said to be considering a move back to Canterbury for the 2014 Super Rugby season.
The All Black left the Crusaders after the 2010 campaign as he looked for consistent game time, with his path into the starting XV at his home team blocked by the presence of Daniel Carter.
However, Carter will be taking a sabbatical early next year and will not feature in Super Rugby. As a result, Slade could return to the number ten jersey after three injury-hit seasons with the Highlanders.
"He's definitely looking at his options," Highlanders boss Jamie Joseph told Sportal. "His first two years were ruined by injury, he made a late start this year and it would be disappointing to lose him now just as he's starting to come right.
"He has the option to go back to Christchurch and that is something he is working through now. If he moves we'll be looking for another first five."
Joseph also revealed that midfielder Ma'a Nonu, who has come under heavy criticism after a poor season for the Dunedin outfit, was offered a new contract in April but is yet to sign it.
The news on Brad Thorn is better for Highlanders fans, with Joseph expressing optimism that skipper Brad Thorn will remain with the franchise.