The Brisbane Roar are hoping to sign former championship-winning captain Matt McKay as their marquee player for the upcoming A-League season.
The hard-working Socceroos utility has returned to Brisbane after mutually terminating his contract with Chinese Super League club Changchun Yatai late last month.
Melbourne Victory are also reportedly interested in McKay in a move which would reunite the midfielder and former Roar coach Ange Postecoglou.
But Brisbane have shown their intentions to have the 30-year-old, a likely 2014 World Cup selection for Holger Osieck, settle back in his home town by signing him to a marquee deal.
"We've heard the calls from our members and our supporter groups to bring Matt McKay back to the club," said managing director Sean Dobson.
"We believe the Australian marquee spot on our playing roster should be filled by a player who our fans are proud to see wearing our orange jersey.
"We are in negotiations with our owners to find the resources to accommodate such a move and we're hoping we can make this a reality for our members and fans."
McKay played the first six A-League seasons with the Roar before a signing with Rangers in Scotland in 2011, and then linking with Korean club Busan IPark before his move to China in January.
His manager, Leo Karis, is also exploring options elsewhere in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
McKay led the Roar to the 2010-11 A-League championship when Brisbane came from two goals down in extra-time to ultimately defeat Central Coast in a penalty shootout at a packed Suncorp Stadium.