Hibernian boss John Hughes is hopeful vice-captain Ian Murray will extend his Easter Road stay.
The 28-year-old defender is out of contract in the summer and so far talks over a new deal have failed to bear fruit.
Murray is now free to discuss a pre-contract elsewhere, but Hughes is hopeful he will commit his future to the club.
The stopper returned to his boyhood heroes two years ago after leaving for Rangers on a Bosman free transfer in 2005.
"Ian Murray is one that I'm hoping we can all put to bed," said Hughes.
"He's everything I want at the club, he's had a right good season so hopefully something will happen.
"But football's football and everyone is entitled to do what they want. We're entitled to look somewhere and they are as well.
"I'd like to think he will be staying with us and he will sign his contract."