Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley has confirmed that he would be "extremely interested" in speaking to Jack Byrne should the player decide to resume his playing career in the League of Ireland.
Byrne played a key part in the Hoops' march to the league title in 2020 and was also capped by Stephen Kenny when coming off the bench in the Nations League clash with Wales last November. He previously won a cap under Mick McCarthy.
He was then reunited with McCarthy, albeit briefly, at APOEL Nicosia. Byrne's contract with the Cypriot club was terminated with two years still left to run on it.
Much speculation has surfaced since as to where the 25-year-old will resume his career, with talk about a move to the MLS and to League One in England.
However, there is now growing momentum that Byrne will be re-united with his former employers at Tallaght Stadium, with The Examiner reporting that the former Manchester City trainee underwent standard medical checks at the Mater Hospital on Friday.
Hoops boss Bradley did outline to RTÉ Sport following his side's 3-1 loss to Bohemians that he would be keen to have a discussion with the player.
"I have spoken to Jack regularly since he has left the club and if he decides that his future lies in Ireland, we'd be extremely interested in speaking to him," he said.
"There is a lot of interest from a lot of clubs. I speak to Jack every week and I have done so for the best part of three years. We respect that he has a decision to make and we will let him make that and let's see where it goes.
"As I said if he decides that his future is here, we'll definitely have a discussion with him."