Colin McRae could be on his way back to the Prodrive-run Subaru team, if media speculation is to be believed.

The Scot only broke a twelve-month win drought last time out on the Acropolis Rally in Greece, but his fighting performances and never-say-die attitude have meant that various rivals to his current Ford team have been keeping an eye on his employment situation. McRae's contract with Malcolm Wilson's team expires at the end of the 2002 season and, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, Subaru heads the queue waiting to snap him up.

The McRae-Subaru-Prodrive alliance netted the Scot his only world title to date, and all but cured him of the 'McCrash' moniker with which he was saddled as a young charger. Now firmly established as one of the sport's leading lights, McRae is being targeted as a possible replacement for multiple world champion Tommi Makinen who, despite winning in Monte Carlo, is suffering a disappointing first season with Subaru.

Amid speculation that the Finn may decide to retire at the end of the year, Prodrive's David Lapworth has apparently admitted that McRae heads his list of possible replacements.