Cricket Australia has devised a plan that would see prolific Middlesex opener Sam Robson start this season with NSW in the Sheffield Shield and possibly even play against England this summer.
The leading run scorer in the County Championship this year, the Sydney-born 24-year-old is the focus of an Ashes-themed tug-of-war, with officials working to have him return to the Australian system before he is swooped upon by Alastair Cook's England.
A rule change governing the eligibility of players with dual passports in domestic competitions, to be discussed at a CA board meeting on Friday, must first be given the green light but the path would then be clear for Robson to join NSW later this year.
There is interest from Blues headquarters, where Robson's father Jim works running the indoor centre at the SCG and where the batsman often trains when playing club cricket in the summer.
The plan would involve him featuring in the youth-focused national Second XI competition, the Futures League, for NSW before the start of the domestic season, allowing him to audition for a call-up to the full state side for the first Shield match of the summer.
He could then play against Cook's Ashes-winning team, with NSW scheduled to take on England in a four-day match at the SCG starting on November 13, a week before the first Test in Brisbane.
The operation to bring home Robson, who has 933 runs and three hundreds for Middlesex this season at an average of 62.06, is understood to have been in full swing for the past fortnight after he qualified to represent England on residency grounds a year earlier than expected.
Robson, whose mother was born in Nottingham, has been unable to be chosen for NSW because he was born in Australia but plays county cricket on a British passport.
Speaking to Fairfax Media last month he made clear he did not want to give up his promising county career at Middlesex, where he has been based since the age of 18 and where he believes the 16 four-day matches a season best serve his development.
But the change to the CA regulations on the definition of an overseas player would give Robson the best of both worlds.