SAM Tomkins has been linked with an early return to Wigan Warriors.
He wants to cut short his three-year deal with New Zealand Warriors and come back to Super League at the end of the season, according to fresh reports Down Under.
The Auckland-based Warriors have already targeted a potential replacement - Roosters and Kiwi No1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
And the fact Roosters CEO Brian Canavan has admitted they are “aware of the Warriors interest” in Tuivasa-Sheck has given the speculation over Tomkins more credence.
Homesickness has been cited as the reason.
If the England No1 does leave the Warriors at the end of this season, there would be no shortage of interest in the former Man of Steel.
As part of the world-record £500,000 deal which took him to the NRL at the end of the double-winning 2013 campaign, Wigan were given first refusal to sign him should he decide to return to England.
But other rich Super League clubs - as well as rugby union outfits - will surely be keen to recruit him.
Tomkins’ love for his hometown club is well-known. His brothers Logan and Joel are both on the Warriors’ books - the latter cutting short his time in rugby union to return last year.
Wigan will also need a full-back at the end of the season, with No1 Matty Bowen expected to leave.
Any efforts to sign him could be helped by a new marquee player allowance - which will be voted for by Super League clubs in June.
Tomkins burst onto the scene as a teenager in 2008, scoring five tries on a debut against Whitehaven and going on to become a firm crowd-pleaser.
Among his domestic honours are two Challenge Cup final victories (2011 and 2013) and two Super League Grand Final wins (2010 and 2013).
Tomkins or the NZ Warriors have not commented on the speculation.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane is expected to be asked about the Tomkins link after tonight’s clash with Wakefield.