Handing back the fullback jersey to Ryan Papenhuyzen for Melbourne's clash with Brisbane, utility Nicho Hynes admits the attraction of a starting role could lure him away from Melbourne.
The NSW Central Coast product started against Penrith last round with Papenhuyzen out with a neck injury and was brilliant at the back.
Hynes was third highest on field for run metres and laid on a try for winger Josh Addo-Carr in the thrilling 12-10 loss.
Also able to play in the halves or even in the centres, the 24-year-old is off contract and is sure to attract interest from Melbourne's rivals where he could likely attract double his contract money.
With the Storm boasting big guns Papenhuyzen, Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes filling those key roles, Hynes' chances of cracking a regular starting gig rests on injuries.
He would be a great fit at St George Illawarra if Matt Dufty, who is also off contract, opts to leave or add attacking depth to battling clubs like Brisbane, North Queensland or Manly, where he came through their junior ranks.
"It would be," Hynes replied when asked if a starting spot was a lure.
"I haven't spoken to any other club, my manager is doing that at the moment and putting some feelers out there.
"It would be a pretty good feeling to get a starting spot somewhere else but I'm here at the moment and I really enjoy this club."
After battling a pre-season groin injury, Hynes was left out the squad for the first two rounds with injury to hooker Harry Grant affecting his game time.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said Grant's replacement Brandon Smith wasn't an 80-minute player so he needed to carry a back-up rake, however has decided he can't leave Hynes out for the Broncos' Good Friday match and has included him on an extended bench.
Hynes made his NRL debut in late 2019 and last year played 11 Storm games and was named in the 17 for the grand final, but never made it on to the field.
He won more fans when he recently shared his story of his tough upbringing with his mother spending time in jail, his early career struggles, and his deep depression in a raw 30 minute feature with ThNks.Collective.