Experience is crucial in the Premier League and players who are fully adjusted to the demands of top-flight football are worth their weight in gold.
Retaining the services of said players is therefore essential, making bosses across the country reluctant to see senior figures slip through their grasp.
It comes as no surprise then to discover that Hull City are planning to sit down with four long-serving figures in an effort to thrash out fresh terms.
Paul McShane, Liam Rosenior, Stephen Quinn and Alex Bruce have all entered the final 12 months of their respective contracts and will drop into the free agent pool next summer if no extensions are agreed.
The quartet only have 20 Premier League starts between them this season, with McShane leading the way having made six of Steve Bruce’s team sheets.
They are, however, considered to be of vital importance to the collective cause and discussions regarding prolonged stays at the KC Stadium will be held shortly.
Steve Bruce said in the Hull Daily Mail: "I had a conversation with the board recently and the plan is to talk to individuals soon.
"The thing to remember is that we are only 15 months into it. But all those who have been with me, we have to look after them. They are just as important to me as anyone.
"Alex has come in recently, Paul McShane too. Liam has done the same several times already. And Stephen Quinn.
"They are just as important as someone who thinks they will play every week. Your big players. You need that squad because injuries are inevitable. We were without four or five players at Burnley. That shows what can happen.
"We will make sure we do our best to tie them up. I expect that to happen in the next few weeks. We will start talking to people. It would be naive not to."
Bruce has worked hard since inheriting the Hull reins to continuously evolve and improve his squad, with a second season among English football’s elite making recruitment a little easier.
However, for every deal involving a Hatem Ben Arfa or an Abel Hernandez, stability has to be sought through the retention of experienced heads who know what the club and the division are all about.
Bruce has been around long enough to know what is required to compete at the very highest level and convincing the likes of McShane and Rosenior to stay put – regardless of the competition they may face – would rank among his shrewdest investments.