Nigel Clough has confirmed Derby County will hold talks with Russell Anderson about extending his contract.
The 31-year-old defender has impressed at Pride Park since joining the Rams in January on a deal until the end of the season after having his contract cancelled following a forgettable spell at Sunderland.
With Derby's Championship status virtually secured after Saturday's goalless draw at Barnsley, Clough revealed he will now begin negotiations with the former Aberdeen centre-half over a new deal.
"The priority is to sort Russell out," said the Rams boss. "We said if we got a point we would sit down this week so we will be doing that and seeing if we can get him sorted out for next season and maybe beyond.
"Russell says he has enjoyed it here and says he wants to stay. He wants to play and we give him that opportunity.
"Not many clubs at our level can match what we can offer in terms of 30,000 fans watching at Pride Park, our training facilities and our ambition.
"Against Barnsley, Russell was very steady again and very reliable. He won his headers, made his clearances and does not make many mistakes. He is forging a good solid partnership with Shaun Barker."
Clough is also keen to have Michael Tonge back on loan at Pride Park next season.
The 27-year-old midfielder has started every game since joining on loan from Stoke until the end of the campaign in February.
"He has got two years left on his contract at Stoke and is on Premier League money and I don't think we can stretch to that at this stage," said the Rams boss.
"He says he wants to stay, he is enjoying it and he wants to play football. He has started every game for us since he has been here."