Brisbane:Injury-plagued Australian all-rounder Shane Watson says he is looking for more cricket and sees playing for an English county as his chance to return to the international arena.
At least two English counties are understood to be interested in contracting Watson, who wants a lengthy stint to put his fitness problems behind him.
The 26-year-old Queenslander has endured another injury-interrupted Australian summer where he has been sidelined three times with hamstring problems.
Watson played two short spells with Hampshire in 2004 and 2005 and is keen to return to the Shane Warne-captained side for a longer-term deal if he fits into their plans.
He has received encouragement from Cricket Australia officials so long as he keeps to a rehabilitation programme.
"I'd like a longer stint, but not a full season," Watson said on Monday.
"I still want to make sure I'm not playing excessive amounts and burn myself out. That would be pretty crazy.
"But my goal is to play as much cricket as I can."
Watson remains upbeat about adding to his three Tests as well as international one-day career.
"I'm real happy where I'm at. Everything is progressing well. It's been a bit up and down this year with a couple of injuries but I'm really happy with the way I'm batting and I'm close to getting things right with my bowling as well.
"I just have to reassess my goals but for me the most important thing is to try and get my body right and do everything I possibly can.
"The biggest goal for me is to get through games consistently and when I do that I really start top perform consistently."