Brentford FC defender Alan Bennett admits staying in England is more appealing than a possible move back to Ireland.
Two League of Ireland clubs are trying to hijack Brentford's attempts to keep the on-loan centre-back beyond this summer, when his contract at Reading expires.
One of whom who has made contact with the Republic of Ireland international is believed to be Bennett's old side Cork City.
He made more than 100 appearances for the Rebel Army, scoring nine goals, before signing a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Madejski in 2007.
However, only a handful of clubs across the Irish sea are full-time, and Bennett, who doubled up as a milkman while Cork were part-time, has made it clear his future remains in the Football League.
He said: "Playing in England is more appealing. There are more opportunities in the full-time game over here.
"The top five sides in Ireland would do well in League Two, but I want to help Brentford to promotion and hopefully get something sorted here. We'll have to wait and see what happens."
Bennett and Brentford gave their promotion hopes a huge boost with a 2-1 win at Rochdale, on of their main title rivals, on Saturday.
Early goals from Jordan Rhodes and Charlie MacDonald settled the game in favour of the Bees, who should have won by more.