Jackson Hastings has cast doubt over his Wigan Warriors future after discussing a return to the NRL.
The former Man Of Steel, who is still understood to be in Australia, has done an interview with the Daily Telegraph in which he admitted he would 'love' to return Down Under.
And when asked if he sees himself at a particular NRL club he added that 'beggars can't be choosers'.
Hastings' admission is not a new one. The Australian has never denied his interest in a return to the NRL and has constantly signed short-term deals during his time in Super League in order to leave the door open to a return.
But it is the timing, three weeks before the start of the season, that is particularly interesting.
"The plan was always to eventually come back to Australia and hopefully get a deal to play in the NRL," he said.
"I’ve been very lucky to go to England and play some pretty good footy and work on rebuilding my image. Australia is home, but this is where I didn’t fulfil my potential. I’d love to come back and change people’s perception of me, everyone knows what note I left on. I want people to know the real Jackson Hastings, not the person they saw four or five years ago."
When asked if he is ready to return to the NRL he added: "Beggars can’t be choosers.
"You only need one club to show interest in. I’m not too bothered if the club’s been coming last or coming first. All I want to do is fit into a culture and earn the respect of the playing group that’s there, the coaching staff also."
Hastings is off-contract with Wigan at the end of the season after signing a new one-year deal late last season.
Wigan head coach Adrian Lam told Rugby League Live this week that Hastings would report back to the club in the near future.