Conor Glass remains available for selection for the Derry footballers this season despite Oak Leaf manager Rory Gallagher saying that his participation is unlikely.
The Maghera man is currently still in Melbourne after retiring from the AFL in September after four years with the Hawthorn Football Club, but he is returning to Ireland at the end of next week.
Gallagher said that quarantine rules and the fact that their season is just two weeks away from restarting would make it all but impossible for him to feature in their final two Allianz League matches or their Ulster SFC clash with Armagh at Celtic Park on 1 November.
However, RTÉ Sport understands that the player would remain open to featuring this season if management decided to select him.
Glass, who turned 23 earlier this week, has yet to feature for the Derry senior team but did captain the county to the Ulster MFC title in 2015.
He went on to make 21 AFL appearances and joined the Hawthorn senior list in 2019 before announcing on Instagram that he was to return to Ireland.
Derry's Allianz League Division 3 campaign restarts with a home game against Longford on 17 October before they travel to Tullamore to face Offaly on 25 October.