It is too early to say whether former YoungHeart Manawatu captain Adam Cowan will be back in green this year.
Cowan left the franchise last year to play for Hawke's Bay United after money disputes with the YoungHeart board but is contemplating coming back this season.
The 31-year-old has discussed returning with YoungHeart coach Stu Jacobs but the season is still a couple of months away and he has not made a decision.
"I haven't really had any offers," Cowan said. "There's nothing on the table, it's pretty much chats."
The Palmerston North-based man "needs a lot of stuff to happen before I make a decision" but it will be harder this season if he has to commute to Napier for trainings and games following the birth of his son, Taj, who is four-and-a-half months old.
Now he has sorted out his problems with the YoungHeart board over unpaid expenses, there is the possibility he could come back.
"I've been in touch with the board," he said. "They've agreed to sort me out or whatever. The details are still being fixed up ... it's always cool for someone to accept they did owe you money."
The fact that former All White Stu Jacobs is at the helm appealed to Cowan but he said Manawatu would have to have a squad there before he would consider joining them.
"I've always said that Stu's a good coach and always wanted to play for him. [But] I don't want to be playing my last years with a team that's going to be battling.
"There's not much difference between a crap team and a good team in this league. You have to spend a little bit of money to get some quality."
Cowan racked up 121 games for Manawatu before heading to Hawke's Bay where he played about 12 games, so his experience would be valuable for YoungHeart.
He is spending his winter season playing for Wairarapa United who are second in the Central league.
Hawke's Bay finished fifth in the national league with six wins, including a 5-0 win and a 2-all draw with Manawatu, a far cry from YoungHeart who had three draws and 11 losses for the season.
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