The Sydney Roosters will reopen talks with Brad Fittler this week in an attempt to settle a contract impasse with their current captain and ward off predatory approaches from English Super League clubs.
The Roosters revealed on Saturday that talks had broken down with Fittler, with the NRL club struggling to fit the former test captain under its salary cap next season.
"We'll try to sit down again this week," Roosters chief executive Bernie Gurr said on Monday.
"We'll try to (settle it) but whether we can is another point."
Fittler has already been linked with a move to England, although his manager Wayne Beavis said he had received no approaches from English clubs.
Wigan, the club most likely to chase Fittler, has bowed out of the race while Super League leader Leeds said it would not be approaching the 31-year-old "at this stage".
However, Leeds media manager Phil Daly said he could not rule the club out of making Fittler an offer in the future.
"Obviously you never rule yourself out for a player like Brad Fittler," Daly said.
"But it would have to be the right deal as far as we're concerned.
"I am sure we will be sounded out."Like