Jonah Lomu's comeback to top-flight rugby could stall as he is unlikely to win a contract in the Super 14 for next season, according to reports.
Lomu has suffered a host of injuries since his 2004 kidney transplant
The New Zealand Herald report that Lomu has not been included on a list of players monitored by New Zealand's five Super 14 franchises.
The 31-year-old is playing for North Harbour but has started only one match and has yet to score a try.
Lomu made his return to rugby in 2004 after a kidney transplant.
But he has suffered a host of injuries since including a shoulder problem in Martin Johnson's testimonial match in June last year.
Lomu, who came to world prominence with barnstorming displays in the 1995 World Cup, joined Cardiff Blues last September but he broke his ankle back in April.
He then signed for North Harbour in the National Provincial Championship but has mainly made brief appearances from the bench.
Lomu is available first to his home franchise, the Auckland Blues, and if not wanted there, would then become part of the draft pool to be picked up by another franchise.
"Obviously Jonah still has value commercially," said New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Chris Moller.
"As to whether he still has value as a player, that is a question for the Blues coaches to answer."