Worcester Warriors director of rugby Mike Ruddock has told Gavin Quinnell he can look for another club with which to play his rugby next season.
Ruddock is currently locked in negotiations with many of his squad over deals for the 2008-09 campaign but Quinnell, signed by Ruddock's predecessor John Brain, is not one of them.
Instead the 24-year-old back rower has been sent on loan to help Cornish All Blacks avoid dropping into National Two whilst reviving his own career in the process.
But Tim Collier, who has also been exiled to Launceston, is still under contract for next term and Ruddock expects him back at the end of next month to take his place in the Warriors squad.
"Gavin and I have had a quick chat and I have told him as it stands there is a fair chance he might not pick up a contract with us," Rud-dock said.
"Ultimately this one will be a financial consideration and how much we have got left in the budget when we have done everything else we need to do.
"We are not saying it definitely won't happen but I have made him aware he needs to keep his options open."
Quinnell has struggled to command a regular starting place ever since he joined from Llanelli Scarlets in the summer of 2006 and has made just two Premiership starts for the Sixways outfit.
He was used by Brain as an impact player towards the end of the last term and scored three vital tries, but concerns over his conditioning and ability to last 80 minutes appear to have cost him his place.
Ruddock, however, points to the crop of talented youngsters coming through the club's ranks as the biggest reason.
"A lot of it is down to our strength in the back row," he said. "We have got young Tom Wood, James Collins and Matt Cox coming through from the under-20s who we are particularly excited about.
"We have got a lot of good players who are offering us options in the future. Ultimately I am faced with a difficult choice."
There appears no difficulty over the future of Darren Morris, though. The veteran front row forward is on the brink of signing a new deal - with just the small print to be agreed.
"I am sure there is a lot of interest particularly as he can play both sides but he has enjoyed it this season, he wants to stay here - that's what he's told me - and we have agreed a financial deal," Ruddock said.