Canberra Raiders legend Gary Belcher backs Jamal Fogarty to be the perfect foil for star five-eighth Jack Wighton.
The Gold Coast Titans are willing to release Fogarty from the final two years of his contract, opening the door for the Raiders to swoop on the halfback.
It takes the Green Machine one step closer to solving their No.7 dilemma after George Williams returned to England halfway through the season due to homesickness.
Discussions continued on Thursday as the Raiders look to return to the NRL top eight next season.
Fogarty's contracted to the Titans until the end of 2023, having only recently signed a one-year extension.
But with young playmaker Toby Sexton coming through the ranks Fogarty could slip down the pecking order at the Gold Coast.
The 27-year-old has played 41 games for the Titans since making his debut in 2017.
Gold Coast declined to comment when contacted by The Canberra Times on Thursday.
Initially, they publicly indicated they would be unwilling to release Fogarty from his contract, but that stance has since softened.
The Raiders need an organising halfback to steer the ship and allow Wighton to do what he does best - run the football.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has been patient in his search for a halfback, with Shaun Johnson, Mitchell Pearce, Ash Taylor, Corey Norman and Chanel Harris-Tavita all offered to the Green Machine.
Belcher felt Fogarty would be a good fit for his old club and also help Wighton play his best.
"I think he can play. I think he's a very good player. He's a game manager, in that mould," he said.
"I don't think he'd be a bad fit [for the Raiders].
"I reckon [he'd complement Wighton], maybe free him up a bit just to run a bit more and play his natural game."
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Ex-Raiders prop David Shillington agreed Fogarty would be a good pick up for Canberra.
He said the 27-year-old's leadership would also be invaluable, following the departure of several experienced players like the retired Sia Soliola.
There's also doubt over Canberra co-captain Jarrod Croker's future, with the record-breaking centre set for potentially career-saving knee surgery next week.
Fogarty played for the Burleigh Bears, one of the Gold Coast's feeder clubs, during Shillington's one season with the Titans.
Shillington felt Fogarty had plenty of potential, but probably hadn't quite hit his straps at the Titans just yet and a move to the capital could help him do exactly that.
"He'd be a wonderful pick up for the Raiders," Shillington said.
"He's got that leadership characteristic about him. That's what the Raiders definitely need, particularly with Sia Soliola retiring, there's a bit of a void there with him gone.
"Maybe Josh Hodgson's moving on, who knows, they've lost a couple of other players this year. Crokes is really battling injuries these days.
"So having someone with a bit of youth, who is a good leader and also a pretty handy playmaker that's someone definitely the Raiders would benefit from signing.
"Jamal, what he's shown so far ... I think that potential is something to take a good punt on if I was the Raiders."