Given that they are all but resigned to losing Socceroo midfielder James Troisi, Melbourne Victory would love nothing more than to regain the services of their 2014-15 championship-winning captain Mark Milligan as they bid to regain the crown from Sydney FC.
But the 31-year-old defensive utility, who has played all over Australia, Asia and the Middle East, still has one giant itch to scratch before he might consider a return home.
Milligan, who is likely to captain the Socceroos at the Confederations Cup following the tournament-ending injury to regular skipper Mile Jedinak, would dearly love to play in a major European league before his career runs down.
The Sydneysider has been a near permanent fixture in national team squads under a number of coaches since being a shock call-up for the 2006 World Cup by Guus Hiddink despite never playing in a major European league.
And although he turns 32 in August, he has not given up hope that he may get an opportunity, even though he is past the usual age that European clubs look to sign players.
Milligan has come to the end of his time in the United Arab Emirates with Baniyas, and is weighing up his options.
While Europe remains a dream, he is realistic enough to know that Asia or remaining in the Gulf is a better bet.
The A-League is not, at the moment, a top priority.
"I will never rule anything out, but the way things are that's still a little way off. It's [the A-League] a little bit lower on my list of things at the moment.
"I would love to go [to Europe]. It's a little bit more difficult now. There is a little bit of talk, and there always has been.
"It's a little bit tough for me ... I can't just walk into a European League like some others because of the passport situation [he has an Australian passport and no European background to help him get an EU passport]. There's a few hoops I have to jump into because of that."
"If things fall into place over the next few weeks it's a possibility, but if not I am sure the next move will be suitable.
"You have to play a certain percentage of games for your national team. To go to England, for instance, I have to be above 75 per cent of Socceroos games over the last two years. Now I am. But it hasn't always been the case. In other countries there are other limitations on foreigners."
He says his sole focus at the Confederations Cup will be playing for his country. Everything else is secondary.
"I don't really view it as a shop window. I am not looking to impress anyone outside our group really. I head out to do the job that has been handed me and to make sure I uphold the standards we set ourselves."
Milligan is these days a family man with three children and that also will dictate his playing future.
"Now having a family you get to a certain point in life where you have bills you simply have to pay.
"I can't go for nothing just to satisfy my own desires. There are other priorities now. There have been opportunities in places like Portugal and Spain but unless you are at the big clubs there ..." he shrugs.
He has already played in Japan, and China. Of the latter he says: "I don't have a great desire to return. It's a little bit tough with them changing the Asian rule, although Asia is always a possibility for me.
"I will look at whatever comes, and I will try to make the best decision in a footballing and lifestyle and family sense."
Milligan has played in a number of roles for club and country - at full back, as a centre half, as a defensive midfielder and as a more advanced midfielder.
His versatility ensures he has a place in most coaches squads, but it doesn't guarantee selection.
"It helps, and it hurts some times too. It's hard to get clubs to commit."
Things might have been a bit different for him had he been able to make a move to Crystal Palace in August 2013, a transfer that would have paired him in the midfield at Selhurst Park with Jedinak.
Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou was then the Victory coach, and he was adamant that Milligan, whom he described as the best player in the league, was a required player at AAMI Park.
That deal never went ahead. Milligan stayed at Victory for two seasons, leading them to the title in 2015.
Ironically Postecoglou walked out on the club in October 2013 to take over the national team job.
Milligan looks back at that time and now smiles, explaining that there was nothing he could do, and that's how football works.
"I was under contract and a few things needed to happen [to get to Palace]. I had to literally unpack my wife's bags," he recalls as he reflects on the chance that may have been his best opportunity to pursue a career-long dream.