Nathan Rimmington has a two-year deal with Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Renegades, but his prospects of remaining with the Warriors next season could depend on WA's salary cap landscape.
While WA coach Justin Langer is eager to retain the energetic paceman, he recognised that juggling up to 26 contracts within a $1.3 million cap would make it difficult to retain all current players.
Mike Hussey's possible return to State ranks would take a significant chunk of WA's payments pool, though the retirements of Michael Hogan and Travis Birt will free up some money.
"Nathan will be one up for discussion and, like a number of guys, it will be how we can fit them into the set-up," Langer said.
"He has done everything we have asked of him. He is a terrific competitor, he is really well admired around the team, he works hard and is a very good cricketer."
Rimmington is not playing for Perth Scorchers, so WA cannot use BBL payments to entice him to remain.
Although the two contract processes are supposed to operate independently, most States use the different payment pools to provide a combined amount for some players.
The States have limited time to finalise their contract lists, the initial signings for 2013-14 due to be named by the middle of next month.
Cricket Australia is expected to release its list of approximately 20 central contracts on April 1.
Rimmington was unable to force his way into the WA team in the final part of the season despite outstanding club form that saw him claim at least five wickets in each of his last four outings.
His good form coincided with Burt Cockley's irrepressible rise that eventually saw him play his first State match in four years and then finish the season strongly.
WA have reasonable pace bowling depth following the development of left-armers Jason Behrendorff and Joel Paris, Ryan Duffield's return to match fitness and the emergence of promising youngsters like Simon Mackin, Matthew Kelly and Jack Cattrall.
Langer said the Warriors were unlikely to attempt to recruit outside the State.
"We can't keep putting bandaids on our system by bringing someone in and hoping they come off," he said. "We have to identify the really good talent here and keep developing it."I would like to think that we can get a lot better in Western Australia at developing our own."
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