Power clubs Hawthorn and Collingwood will get their chance to lure free agent David Mundy home, with the Fremantle superstar not yet prepared to enter contract talks.
Grand Final warrior Mundy has long considered a return to Victoria, with the restricted agent the prize of the free agency pool.
The Herald Sun understands he is intent on letting the season unfold as he considers his options, with no timeline on key contract talks.
The 28-year-old, third in the Norm Smith Medal, has signed his last two contracts after the season and this deal could also follow that path.
Powerful Melbourne clubs aware of his stunning inside-outside game will have time to pitch lucrative long-term offers to Mundy.
His 28 possessions, eight tackles, seven clearances and dozen contested possessions in the Grand Final showcased
a footballer at his peak.
Once desperate to return to Melbourne, he is now wavering between playing in front of family in Victoria and chasing team success with his own Perth-based young family.
Hawthorn and Collingwood have already flagged their intent to use the salary-cap room created by the departures of Lance Franklin and Heath Shaw to rival clubs.
Both would be able to offer him a premiership window and a long-term lucrative deal, which Fremantle could match given he is a restricted free agent.
In 2010 after putting off talks until the post-season he signed a four-year deal, but only after Gold Coast offered Mundy $800,000 a year and Essendon also came hard at him.
Fremantle must secure the services of fellow star Nate Fyfe this year, and consider the futures of ageing out-of-contract stars Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands and Luke McPharlin.
Those players will all either take pay cuts or wind down their careers, but Fremantle has a raft of emerging stars like Fyfe and recently acquired free agents like Colin Sylvia taking up salary cap space.
Mundy and Frawley, who is also in no hurry to consider a new contract, are by far the cream of the free agency crop.