Cross-code warrior Brad Thorn hasn't ruled out strapping on the boots for the Queensland Reds next season, saying he still has the "urge" to play again.
Thorn, 40, has joined the Reds as a development coach for their up-and-coming forwards but speculation is mounting he could sign on as an emergency back-up for injured lock Kane Douglas, who is likely to miss the entire Super Rugby season.
Thorn only recently completed what was thought to be his last season for English rugby union club Leicester midway this year.
"There's always an urge. I didn't actually retire - I'm just playing less now," Thorn told reporters in Brisbane on Thursday.
"If things were like dire straits, I'm happy to help out any way I can, but I think things are under control at the moment."