Carlisle captain Paul Thirlwell is close to agreeing a contract extension with the club.
The 29-year-old joined the Cumbrians in January 2007 and has become an integral part of the Brunton Park set up.
He is one of a number of players set to become free agents in the summer, but looks set to prolong his stay in the North West.
"We are close," Thirlwell the News and Star.
"The gaffer wants to get a lot of the lads who are out of contract tied up during the transfer window, so he knows what he has and hasn't got.
"Hopefully we are close and it will get done soon.
"Speaking to the lads, everyone wants to stay, everyone is doing well, and if they can get themselves sorted I'm sure they'll be more than happy to sign on the dotted line."