London Irish boss Brian Smith has admitted that he is doing his utmost to prevent prop Max Lahiff from leaving the Premiership club.
Lahiff, who qualifies to play for Australia, has been linked with a move to the Rebels or the Reds but Smith is desperate to retain his services.
"We've put our best foot forward and we are very hopeful of keeping him here," Smith told the BBC.
Lahiff's departure would be a setback for the Exiles but the club are working on a new deal for the 23-year-old who has made 62 senior appearances for them since his debut in 2009.
"Max is a terrific young player and he has been outstanding for us this season," added Smith.
"He has stepped up to the plate at loosehead and played almost every minute of every game.
"He has shouldered all of the responsibility there and we've obviously had injuries in that position. So Max has done a wonderful job for us this season.
"Very early in the piece I got in his ear and tried to extend his contract.
"His father is Australian, he has strong links and family ties down under. So he is working out where he wants to have his playing future.
"He is a very dynamic player so would be suited to the Super 15 game.
"There are very few props in Australia, certainly not the same strength in depth we have here in England, and I know for a fact they provinces are chasing him.
"But in saying that we have been very pro-active in signing a couple of props and particularly in the front row we will be stronger that ever next season."