Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan insists he is ready to offer fresh terms to Chris Riggott.
The 29-year-old defender has been with Boro for seven years following his move from Derby County.
However, injuries have meant Riggott has started less than 100 league games and has managed just four starts in the Championship this year.
Despite his injury problems, Strachan insists he would like Riggott to stay beyond this season, with his current deal due to expire in the summer.
"He is a bit worried about the number of games he's played for us over the last few years, but I like him as a man and I like him as a professional," he said.
"We will speak to him, he's a player with great experience and he needs games, he's still a young man in centre-half terms but he's had an unfortunate time with injuries.
"I hope we can come to some sort of arrangement. Certainly we will talk to him about that."
Riggott admits he is unsure over his future, saying: "It's been a fantastic time. Obviously the last three years haven't worked out. It's been nearly eight years, it's just flown by.
"It was upsetting when I walked off the pitch thinking it might have been my last game, I honestly don't know.
"Hand on heart you don't know sometimes if you need a change, other than that I'd say at the same time it looks like things are going to be picking up next year and it could be an exciting season.
"I've not really sat down with the manager. I think he's possibly just thinking get to the end of the season and then we might discuss it.
"But I can understand if the club think 'thanks, but you've not played many games', so we'll just have to wait and see what happens."
Strachan also reiterated his desire to keep on-loan Celtic ace Stephen McManus at the club.
"I keep close to Mick and I will speak to him," said Strachan.
"Everybody likes him here, everyone from Keith Lamb all the way down has been impressed with him, not only as a footballer but as a man.
"He's like the Pied Piper with kids, they all follow him round and he speaks to them, which is great, because they can learn from a player like him."