If Sonny Bill Williams returns to New Zealand rugby it will be in Chiefs colours, coach Dave Rennie believes.
The 27-year-old is currently playing for NRL side Sydney Roosters after famously honouring a one-year deal agreed on a handshake with Roosters powerbroker Nick Politis.
At the time of his departure, Williams made no secret he would have preferred to stay with the Super Rugby champions rather than return to league.
Rennie is just as keen to see the former All Black back in Hamilton.
"We're working pretty hard in that area and we are pretty confident we can maybe lure him back here at some stage," said Rennie, who loses talented midfielder Richard Kahui to Japanese rugby at the end of the Super Rugby campaign.
"But when that is there is no confirmation.
"He made a real commitment to league and he might be there for a couple of years yet. There's no guarantees about that but he's certainly committed there this year.
"(With 2015) being a World Cup year, hopefully that will be attractive to him."
The Chiefs boss laughed when asked if he and Williams, who has also played for the Crusaders, had shaken hands on an agreement the 19-Test All Black would return to his franchise.
"No, we didn't put him under that sort of pressure," Rennie said.
But he was adamant the code-hopper would not be looking at any other New Zealand team either.
"If he comes back to New Zealand, he'll come to the Chiefs," said Rennie.
"He loved it here. He loved the boys and obviously was a big part of our success.
"There's no way he can go to anywhere else other than here."
Rennie also has no qualms about dealing with Williams' agent, Khoder Nasser, again.
"Khoder was easy to work with despite what other people would say," he said.
"I think we were up front with our expectations of Sonny, especially in and around the boxing, and so were they and I think everybody delivered. So it was a pretty easy marriage to be honest.
"Sonny is just a fantastic guy. Obviously he's a terrific player but a huge role model for our guys and incredibly professional. Those sort of players you want in your mix all the time."