Crewe Alexandra youngster Ashley Westwood is expected to sign a new contract at Gresty Road later this week.
Westwood only agreed an extension through to 2012 last December, but is set to be rewarded with improved terms by manager Dario Gradi.
The 20-year-old, who can play at full-back and in midfield, is one of several players Gradi is keen to tie to long-term deals.
Gradi told The Sentinel: "I have spoken to Westy and he will sign a new contract this week.
"I am expecting him to hit the ground running after the work he has done over the summer."
He added: "I will be speaking to one or two others as well because a few are out of contract at the end of next season."