Quade Cooper has been handed a reprieve by new Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie after being selected in the Wallabies training squad - but can the Queenslands Reds man make a claim for a starting spot?
The 25-year-old was omitted from Robbie Deans' squad for Australia's three Tests against the British and Irish Lions - the hosts lost 2-1 as James O'Connor struggled to excel at No10.
In fact, arguably the best fly-half performance that Warren Gatland's men encountered on their tour Down Under came when the tourists squared up to Cooper and the Queensland Reds-New South Wales Country.
However, Deans resisted calls for Cooper to be included in his squad despite the outside-half's obvious talents and ability to get his back division playing exciting rugby.
And Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell epitomised the feeling in the tourist camp when he said: "I am pleased. If I was a coach, I would want him in my side. He is a handful.
"I don't know the ins and outs of why he hasn't been selected but he brings lots to the party. I'm pretty pleased."
Cooper, capped 38 times by Australia, is regarded as one of the most talented players in his position but questions marks have been raised over his defensive capabilities.
It's a facet of the Queensland Reds star's game that new Wallaby head coach McKenzie will need to work on if he is to help Cooper become a complete No10.
He faces competition from Christian Leali'fano, Matt Toomua, Bernard Foley and O'Connor in the current training squad, but McKenzie has issued his backing for Cooper.
"All I will say about Quade, and I will say this about a lot of players, Quade has been very good at delivering what I've asked him to do over the years, so I don't have a problem with that," McKenzie said.
It's time to see if the precocious talent that is Cooper has matured as a player.