Despite being on the shopping list of some big-name overseas clubs, Crusaders scrum-half Andy Ellis is determined to stay in New Zealand and fight to regain his All Blacks jersey.
Ellis has been out of favour at international level since Steve Hansen took over the reins as All Blacks coach from Graham Henry and will be out of contract after this year's Super Rugby tournament.
But the 28-year-old, who has been offered a new contract by the New Zealand Rugby Union, is determined to stay with the Crusaders and prove to Hansen that he deserves a recall to the All Black set-up.
"I'm still sorting through it (the NZRU contract) but I'm really keen to stay," Ellis told Fairfax Media.
"I love playing here for Canterbury and the Crusaders. At this stage - yes. I want to wear the black jersey again. That is a big goal.
"They (the NZRU) have made an offer and once this Christmas period has settled down I will have a good sit down and get it sussed out
Although a move overseas is not what Ellis desires, he admits that several overseas-based clubs are interested in acquiring his services.
"I have never really put any feelers out there but there has been some interest... and some pretty awesome clubs, too," he added.
"I am only 28. I still want to be playing into my mid-30s and seven or so years is a long time to spend away from home.
"And the other thing is I reckon I will be playing my best rugby for the next three years. I don't want to be doing that overseas, I want to be doing that here in New Zealand."