Burnley manager Brian Laws has made it clear that he wants Robbie Blake to stay at Turf Moor.
There could be changes to the Clarets squad following relegation to the Championship and Blake has admitted that his future at the club looks 'bleak'.
The veteran forward is keen to play more regularly after becoming frustrated at a lack of starting opportunities under Laws.
Blake is out of contract in the summer but Laws believes he can play a major role in the second tier and would like to sort out a new deal.
"Robbie is a player I have great admiration for. He has been fantastic for this club," said Laws.
"I want him to stay. That's something we have been talking about the last few weeks.
"I can understand that at his age he wants to play regular football.
"In the Championship he will have a major say in how we play and be a big influence around the club."
Laws is confident Burnley can mount a decent promotion challenge next season and does not expects Blake to leave.
"I want him to feel wanted," stated the manager. "We are going to be a strong side in that league, better than most.
"That's the time you need people like Robbie Blake. I feel very confident we can get him to stay."