The Wallabies rugby flyer Drew Mitchell is poised to follow Matt Giteau out the door at the Western Force, heightening fears of an eastward-bound exodus from the Perth-based Super 4 franchise.
As the Australian Rugby Union considers how to help prevent the fledgling WA team falling apart, Mitchell and fellow hot property James O'Connor admitted Giteau's departure significantly affected their future plans.
Queenslander Mitchell was understood to have been seriously considering a move back east before Giteau announced last weekend his return to the Brumbies next season.
Like Giteau, Mitchell had lost money through a third-party deal from the former Force backer Firepower and has not been remunerated.
All three Australian Super 14 rivals are keen to snap up Mitchell with the Brumbies the early favourite due to his friendship and the lure of continuing to play with Giteau, though the Reds can't be counted out.