Normally when a character's name is mentioned, they are on their way back.. The dispute over ED (Ashley) not signing her contract was she wanted to split her time between the two soaps, since Ashley was not used much.. MAB would not allow it.. JEP might give it some thought... I hope so.
Ashley has been portrayed by another actress a long time ago for about 7 years.. In fact, ED recommended her.. she might be available.. they look very much alike.