Kent fast bowler Martin Saggers has emerged as a possible recruit for Warwickshire.
"I have spoken with Warwickshire and I am waiting to hear back from them," Saggers said. "But I have also been offered a year's contract extension by Kent.
"With a baby on the way, I have to consider my options; the welfare of my wife and family and our long-term security."
His contact with Warwickshire may prove more to do with his desire to coax a two-year deal out of Kent, however. He is clearly keen to stay with the club he joined in 1999 and would not seem to fit easily with the Bears' policy of promoting young players.
"I know I've not had the best of seasons, but fitness isn't an issue," Saggers continued, somewhat optimistically for a man who struggled for form and fitness throughout 2005. "I am happy here [at Kent], I enjoy playing for Kent and in my heart I would like to stay."
At his best Saggers is a fine bowler, capable of swinging the ball at a decent pace. His first-class career record of 350 wickets at under 25 apiece compares favourably with the best in county cricket.
He was good enough to win three Test caps for England about 18 months ago. If he is fully fit - and that is a big if - he could certainly strengthen the Warwickshire attack for a season or two.
Yet his best days are surely behind him. Aged 33, he managed only 13 wickets at 60 apiece in the eight Championship appearances he managed last season.
Few fast-bowlers recapture their best form at that age and his signing could only be seen as a stop-gap measure. For a club that has made much of their policy of backing young talent, his arrival would represent a sharp departure and appears unlikely. The likes of Naqaash Tahir and James Anyon are surely better bets in the long-term.
A more appropriate target for Warwickshire would be Sajid Mahmood. The fast bowler is out of contract at Lancashire, is ten years' Saggers junior and has the potential to develop into a worldclass performer.
Rod Marsh, his coach at the England Academy, has already suggested the bowler move county, chastising Lancashire for their lack of vision.
Marsh said recently: "This is the most talented fast bowler in the country and he can't get a game for Lancashire because they insist on playing Dominic Cork. I'd like to know how many more Tests they think Cork is going to play.
" Mahmood bowls outswingers at 90mph-plus. He's got to move counties. If he does, he's got a great chance of playing for England."
Elsewhere, Tim Ambrose, the wicketkeeper-batsman in demand by Sussex, Warwickshire and Yorkshire, will decide on his future by the end of October. Sussex, his present county, have offered him a two-year deal but are unable to guarantee him a future as a wicketkeeper.
The player is keen to further that aspect of his game and will be tempted to join a county that allows him to do so.
Meanwhile, Warwickshire have announced their academy intake for 2006. Retained from 2005 are Mark Lewis, Bhavik Patel, Chris Cheslin, Richard Johnson, Chris Woakes and James Ord.
The recruits are Paul Best, who is a promising allrounder, right-handed batsman Lee Hopkins, Casper Ngoma, a right-arm fast bowler and Tom Lewis (the brother of Mark), who is a left-handed batsman.
New coach Mark Greatbatch said: "We are looking forward to working with these players who have good talent, attitude and character."