Lincoln City's Cian Hughton believes he will commit his future to the club 'sooner rather than later'.
The defender - who has impressed during his time at Sincil Bank since his arrival from Tottenham in the summer - hopes to tie up a deal with manager Chris Sutton after opening talks over a new contract.
The 20-year-old joined City on a six-month deal to provide cover for the injured Paul Green.
"It will happen sooner rather than later," Hughton told the Lincolnshire Echo. "There has been no more talk since we first sat down, but me and the club know the deal is up and we want to do something."
Sutton's side are enduring a difficult season and lie just one place above the relegation zone.
Hughton has provided a rare plus point for the Red Imps faithful by putting in some solid displays.
The right-back has already earned two caps for his native Republic of Ireland Under-21s side and said that he wanted to remain in Lincolnshire.
"I'm happy here and I'm settled," he added.
Sutton was handed more good news after long-term injury absentee Green continued his comeback by completing 90 minutes in a reverse match against Hartlepool.
City ran out 4-0 winners, with trialist goalkeeper Scott Fox keeping a clean sheet.
Sutton is taking a look at the former Celtic stopper as he looks to bring in back-up for first choice Robert Burch and player-coach Paul Musselwhite.
Fellow trialist Kangana Lord Ndiwa made his second appearance for the reserves, with Lenny John-Lewis bagging a brace as Andy Hutchinson and Khano Smith adding further goals in the win.