Hull FC are hopeful that Danny Tickle will stay at the KC Stadium despite a deal offered to him nearly a year ago remaining unsigned.
The Black and Whites offered the 29-year-old a contract in April of last year, at the same time as then captain Andy Lynch.
Tickle has been strongly linked with a move to the Widnes Vikings and new transfer regulations mean he will be able to speak to other clubs in May, but Hull's director of rugby Shaun McRae hinted that talks with the forward will restart soon.
"Danny has had his injury and has just come back into the team and we are not at the stage of talking to him, but we will be having a conversation at some stage in the near future," McRae said.
The England international is one of only three players in their 25-man squad who has not signed on for 2014, with Hull keen to get their business out of the way early.
Tom Lineham, Kirk Yeaman, Danny Houghton and Richard Horne have agreed new deals and McRae believes the change in business approach will allow coach Peter Gentle some stability in his planning.
"There has been a lot of change since Peter came to the club and what we want now is stability and continuity," McRae added.
"I'm not saying we will have the philosophy of no changes and we will make some changes, but what we also want is stability and to stop chopping and changing.
"Peter has faith in the squad he's put together, there won't be a lot of movement this year, some, but not a lot."