Hurricanes flanker Brad Shields is said to be considering his options for the future but will not make a decision until the end of the 2018 Super Rugby season.
An English newspaper report suggests he may decide to play in England and may move as soon as November. The 26-year-old has a great desire to play international rugby. He is also in possession of a British passport.
He has only ever featured in two wider All Blacks training squads. The Mail on Sunday reported that Shields may join an English Premiership club immediately if he is not selected for New Zealand's end-of-year tour.
But Shields said he was contracted to the Hurricanes for 2018 and would honour that.
"Everyone knows my situation, so we'll see what happens after that," he told Stuff.
The Hurricanes hold Shields in high regard and believe he should be playing at Test level. He is one of their senior leaders and captained them against the Brumbies and British and Irish Lions this year. The Hurricanes coaches are also surprised by his lack of international recognition.
The Hurricanes accept Shields may not remain with them for long due to the fact he has options to play internationally elsewhere.
His former Hurricanes teammate Jason Woodward played for Premiership side Bristol during the 2016/17 season. Also a British passport holder, he was called into the England training camp by head coach Eddie Jones recently and has joined Gloucester.
The Mail on Sunday report stated that Sheilds could also earn a salary of 600 000 New Zealand Dollars per season for an English Premiership club.