Cronulla is close to offering John Morris a full-time coaching role – but this can only be a year of trial.
Morris acted as an assistant coach since NRL banned Shane Flanagan late last year, and the former utility company has support from players.
But there are a few more candidates for that job, including Australian coach St Helens Justin Holbrook and assistant Panther Cameron Circulars.
Another candidate, former Trainer Manly Trent Barrett, pulled out of the running in the last 24 hours.
Morris would be under great pressure to appear if he joined the job of a mentor at a 12-month contract.
But as a novice coach, he has a small negotiating power and can take advantage of the opportunity and return to himself to succeed with a very powerful Cronulla's list.
Some sea-dog members want to give him a two-year contract to give him a better chance of being proven, while others favor a shorter term.