Peter Crouch has spent three-and-a-half years at Stoke City and has told Sky Sports that he would welcome the opportunity to prolong that association past the end of the season.
His current contract with the Potters is running down and he will drop into the free agent pool in the summer if no fresh terms are agreed.
Mark Hughes has expressed a desire to get a deal done, telling the BBC at the turn of the year: “His future is with us”.
Crouch hopes that talk will be backed up, with there no desire on his part to take on a new challenge.
He believes he still has plenty to offer at a Premier League level and is setting his sights on joining the top-flight 100 goals club while on the books at the Britannia Stadium.
Crouch, who has 92 to his name at present, told Sky Sports: “It’s certainly something I look to. People will sit here and tell you it’s not about personal glory, it’s all about the team, but of course there is something I would like to do and that’s score 100 Premier League goals. I make no excuses for that. That’s certainly a milestone I would like to achieve.
“My contract is up at the end of the season but hopefully there will be an opportunity for me to continue playing in the Premier League, and hopefully that’s at Stoke City. There’s no reason for me to move. All of my aims at the moment are on Stoke. I’ve enjoyed it.”
Crouch has split his time in the Premier League between Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke.
He has only failed to reach double figures in terms of goals scored once in the last 10 seasons, with his consistency and willingness to work hard for the collective cause making him a useful asset.
It is easy to see why Hughes wants to keep the 33-year-old and the issue of his future is likely to be addressed as a matter of urgency over the coming weeks.