Sunderland look set to offer their Dutch midfielder, Bolo Zenden, a new contract at the Stadium of Light.
Zendens current deal runs out at the end of the season, but the former Chelsea man has played well in the North East this season and boss Steve Bruce believes he can still do a job for the Wearsiders.
34 year-old Zenden has made 21 appearances already this term, and has a habit of turning a game as a late substitute.
“We’ll look at a contract for him in the next week or so,” said Bruce.
“I’ve already had a little conversation with him because his physical stats haven’t deteriorated at all since the start of the season.
“In fact he’s done very well. He’s still got a lot to offer this club.
“He’s a great asset for the club and we’d like to hang on to him for longer, which is why we’re looking at a new contract for him.”
Zenden has revealed he will think about a new deal, but really wants to play more regular first team football.
“The issue is how much a part I have to play,” said Zenden.
“I’ve played quite a lot this season but some of the appearances have been for the last five minutes, which is not so nice.
“I don’t just want to be here to be here, I want to be important as well. I’m having a good time. I don’t feel old. I still feel like one of the boys.”