A number of Test stars are set to pen deals that will be funded by the Welsh Rugby Union and Walesâ four professional regional teams.
The initiative is part of a new six-year agreement recently thrashed out between the WRU and regions following months of often bitter in-fighting.
Wales captain Sam Warburton has already been moved from a central contract to a dual one, while colleagues who sign dual deals could include the likes of Alun-Wyn Jones, Gethin Jenkins, Taulupe Faletau, Alex Cuthbert and Dan Biggar.
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Wales coach Gatland said yesterday: âWe have put a list together and we have to present that to the PRGB (Professional Regional Game Board) about potential players we are interested in.
âWe have got a finite amount of money. Hopefully, we can get between 10 and 15 players to be on those dual contracts and for the players to be excited about being on them.
âThe money is there, it is coming from the same pot, itâs just how itâs being spread out. Hopefully, in the next three or four weeks we will get players signed on a national dual contract.
âFor them, they will have the certainty of where they are going to be the next two or three years or whatever, and what is associated with having a dual contract.
âThe players we are looking at for dual contracts are already in contract. They are already signed up to their clubs, so they are fairly secure.â
Wales have suffered more than most during recent seasons with leading players â such as Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies, Leigh Halfpenny, George North and Dan Lydiate â opting to ply their trade in France and England.
But Gatland is confident the introduction of dual contracts could generate a reverse of that market trend.
âI can understand why players want to go to France for a short period and experience life out there â two or three seasons,â he added.
âMoney has been the driving factor, but then they have realised that playing in a good side and being happy, hopefully have good coaching and longevity of career, that a lot of other factors come into play about making those decisions.
âI think we will hopefully see, over the next couple of seasons, a number of players returning from France.
âWe are limited by the amount of money we have got. We only have a finite amount, and possibly, the number will go down.
âMost rugby contracts, unfortunately, donât tend to go down, they tend to go up, so we will probably end up with less players on dual contracts.
âBut you never know, with new TV deals and sponsorship, there might be more money to go into that pot to attract players.
âWe have got to be aware of that over the next few weeks, when we do those dual contracts, to potentially leave some money there to try and attract one or two players back from overseas next season.â
Gatland revealed Walesâ preparations for the World Cup next year are set to include training camps in Switzerland and Qatar.
Wales Rugby Union first dual contracts could be signed in next four weeks