Elijah Taylor would love to return to the Warriors but the offer of a huge three-year deal and concerns for his daughter's health may see him stay at Wests Tigers.
The Kiwis international is wrestling with the decision over whether to re-sign with the joint-venture club on massive money or accept considerably less to return to the Warriors once his contract expires at the end of the season.
The Warriors held initial talks with Taylor earlier this year about returning to the club he debuted for back in 2011, but discussions stalled before the Tigers came back with an increased offer and made it clear they want to retain him.
Taylor is enjoying his football under Wests Tigers coach and former Warriors mentor Ivan Cleary and the 27-year-old is the leading candidate to replace departing front-rower Aaron Woods as captain next season.
"I would love to come back to the Warriors one day," said Taylor.
"I've left the door open for continued discussions but they haven't got back to me.
"The new offer from the Tigers that's on the table for me to sign right now is really good. I'm loving it here and it's been awesome (playing under Ivan again)."
Family issues are pulling him in both directions. Taylor is keen for his young family to move back to New Zealand, although his one-year-old daughter's delicate health situation may require him to remain in Sydney.
Taylor endured a frightening ordeal in April, when she was admitted to intensive care after suffering a seizure, before being diagnosed with encephalitis - an inflammation of the brain that in severe cases can be life-threatening.
"She's getting a lot better now," he said.
"The doctors don't want us flying. They've advised us to stay in Sydney because all of her records are here in Australia. So that's another aspect I have to weigh up."
Warriors fans would no doubt welcome the prospect of the tireless back-rower returning to Mt Smart, after he left at the end of 2013 to join Cleary at the Penrith Panthers.
Taylor eventually left Penrith in the early stages of last season and moved to the Tigers, before he was reunited with Cleary once more when he was appointed as new head coach in April.
The Warriors have already signed forwards Tohu Harris and Leivaha Pulu for 2018, but there could be a vacancy in the back-row with Bodene Thompson currently unsigned beyond this season.
The Warriors will need to drastically improve their offer if they are to lure Taylor home but the ongoing uncertainty around next year's salary cap is not helping matters.
"I've got a really high opinion of Elijah's ability and so has Ivan obviously," said Warriors recruitment manager Tony Iro.
"We explored the chance for him to come back, but at that stage I imagine he was torn about which way he was going to go.
"There's been no real conversations in the last six weeks."