Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is ready to hand defender Jonathan Woodgate new terms.
Pulis has indicated Woodgate, who has already made it clear he wants to stay, has seemingly done enough to earn himself the contract extension anyway.
"If he doesn't get the games in that doesn't mean we aren't going to offer him a new contract," said Pulis.
"Woody has been brilliant, playing in a lot more games than people probably thought he could play, and he's good to have around.
"He's been very good for (Ryan) Shawcross and (Robert) Huth in lots of respects.
"So let's get the season out of the way and then we'll sit down and discuss everything with (chairman) Peter (Coates) and the family."