New Gold Coast Titans boss David May is the man challenged with keeping Scott Prince with the club after it was revealed coach John Cartwright and Michael Searle will not make an early return from an overseas trip to meet the foundation captain.
Cartwright and Searle masterminded Prince's defection from the premiership-winning Wests Tigers to be the marquee signing of the Titans' inaugural 2007 squad.
But the pair will not play an aggressive role in trying to sway Prince from a decision to move to English Super League club Hull FC.
Despite the drama, the pair have opted to remain overseas rather than return over the weekend to make last-ditch face-to-face efforts to keep Prince on the Gold Coast.
He is still expected to sign with the English club.