Rotherham have made their first move in trying to keep Joe Newell at the club.
Newell, who has been a star performer for the Millers over the last few weeks, is out of contract in the summer and could leave on a free.
But boss Paul Warne is keen to get fresh terms sorted for the 24-year-old before the end of the season.
He said: “Newelly is in the team playing really well.
“We have made contact with his agent and he has given us signs that he wants to stay so that is hopefully something we can do in the next few weeks.”
Getting Newell tied down would mean a relatively stress-free summer for the Millers, who have in recent times endured annual end-of-season clearouts.
PW on Newell | “Newelly is in a good place. He’s really fit and he’s had a good run of games. He backs himself when he gets the ball and you want that from your attacking players.”
— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) February 15, 2018
Newell is the only member of Warne’s core squad who is out of contract following the decision to give Richard Wood a new deal in January.
“Out of all my starting XI at the moment there is no one, apart from the loans, who are out of contract so we are pretty on hand with it, there are no issues,” Warne added.
📹 | Joe Newell managed his fifth goal of the season on Saturday.
Not bad for your 'weaker' foot, eh? 😏
— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) February 12, 2018
“We have started the ball rolling with Newelly and hopefully we can get that sorted.”
Shaun Cummings and Lewis Price are also out of contract but at this stage would be unlikely to be handed new terms.
Marek Rodak, Josh Emmanuel, Richie Towell and Caolan Lavery are due to leave the club at the end of their loan spells.