Barnsley manager Keith Hill has revealed that the club are in talks to extend the deals of a trio of players at Oakwell.
Defender Stephen Foster, winger Jim O'Brien and striker Andy Gray are all wanted by the Oakwell chief after a series of consistent outings this campaign.
The Tykes are eight points above the relegation zone and although they are not mathematically safe yet, they should be part of the Championship next season.
With this in mind, Hill is keen to start preparing for 2012/13.
Hill told The Star: "I'm in negotiations with Stephen, Jim and Andy, I'd like to keep them at the club.
"All three of them have done very well this season and been consistent for us, but it's also a case of wanting to retain some continuity within the team.
"They've all been exceptionally supportive of me and Flicker [assistant boss David Flitcroft] this season and I feel they need to be rewarded for that.
"It's not just on the pitch where they have been a big influence, especially Fozzie and Andy because they're great players to have in the dressing room."
Retaining the influence of experienced players is something that has served the best club in the country well - such as Premier League leaders Manchester United.
And Hill feels that if it is good enough for them, Barnsley should not hesitate to follow suit.
He added: "You need continuity at a club. You look at Manchester United and they've still got the likes of [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes and Rio Ferdinand in the dressing room, there's so much experience.
"You need leaders in the changing room and on the pitch. These three players are important for the success of the club because they know we're building for the future."