Royals keen on Hughes return
Worcestershire want Australia batsman Phil Hughes to return as their overseas player for 2013 and have held initial talks with the opener.
Royals director of cricket Steve Rhodes returned from a 10-day trip Down Under on Tuesday night after having discussions with Hughes and his representatives.
But any return to New Road will depend on Hughes' potential international commitments.
Hughes finished top of the county's averages in all formats of the game last season.
Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale said: "We've held initial talks with Phil and his representative, which was the main purpose of Steve's trip to Australia.
"Those discussions will be ongoing. We are keen to have Phil back and he has made it clear to us that he is keen to come back.
"He came here with a purpose last season to show what he could do, demonstrated he was a gritty character and played well in all forms of cricket.
"But it will depend on his commitments with Australia. He is currently on the fringe of the international set-up.
"If he performs well this winter he could be pushing forward for a place."
Leatherdale was speaking ahead of the launch of the Basil D'Oliveira Foundation, which aims to raise funds to erect a statue at New Road in honour of the former England and Worcestershire player.