James O'Connor's rugby future could be sorted as early as next week as the star Wallaby edges closer to a reunion with the Western Force.
O'Connor has been left in limbo at Super Rugby level since being dumped by the Melbourne Rebels in July.
The 23-year-old is keen to achieve greater heights with the Wallabies, but he needs to earn a deal with the Force if that is to happen.
Just in case his former club doesn't come to the party with an offer, O'Connor's manager has been seeking out other options including a code switch to the NRL, or a stint in Europe.
But O'Connor is hopeful that won't be necessary.