The Toon academy graduate has made just three appearances this season, but Howe wants him to sign an extension on his current deal which expires this summer.
Howe said: "I really like Paul. I think behind the scenes he's had a consistent period where he's trained. I think that's what he needed. He's had various injuries.
"But he's a leader within the group. He's not the most vocal but in terms of a role model and his history, journey through, he has a huge amount of respect from staff and players, the way he conducts himself.
"He's a very good player on top of that. Certainly he's someone we want to keep."
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