The odds have shortened dramatically on dual international Israel Folau staying in rugby after NRL team the Bulldogs ruled him out as a replacement for Broncos-bound Ben Barba.
The Bulldogs were this year rumoured to be the team most likely to sign Folau services if the 24-year-old decided to return to league at the end of his one-year deal with the Waratahs.
But Canterbury-Bankstown chief executive Raelene Castle on Wednesday ruled the club out of the race, saying Folau was due to re-sign with rugby "any day".
"My understanding is that Israel Folau is going to sign for rugby and that's where it's at," Castle said. "There should be an announcement any day."
Fairfax Media reported last month that Folau was poised to sign a two-year deal with the Waratahs and Australian Rugby Union after switching to the code from AFL at the end of last year.
His re-signing would be a major coup for the ARU at a time when the Wallabies are coming off losing the Bledisloe Cup and the series against the British and Irish Lions.
It would also be testament to the strong rapport Folau has developed with Waratahs coach Michael Cheika, who was instrumental in luring him to rugby after two seasons in the AFL with the Giants.
After joining the Waratahs late last year, the 24-year-old made his Super Rugby debut at fullback before earning his first Test cap on the wing against the British and Irish Lions in June.
He started all three Tests before injuring his hamstring 20 minutes into the third match, but made it back to start for the Wallabies against the All Blacks in their first two Bledisloe Cup losses.
Castle was speaking at the NRL headquarters in Moore Park about the club's release of Barba. The 24-year-old fullback has signed a three-year deal with Brisbane.