Gareth McAuley has told the Birmingham Mail that he wants to sign a new contract at West Bromwich Albion.
McAuley’s current deal at the Hawthorns expires in the summer transfer window, but he is hoping to tie down his future for the long-term.
The Northern Ireland international is convinced that he still has something to offer Tony Pulis’ side.
And he said: “Discussions are ongoing. Hopefully I’ll be playing football at West Brom next season.
“It’s all positive and it shouldn’t be a difficult thing to sort out. Hopefully that can be sorted soon.
“I’m happy at 36 - 37 in December - I don’t expect to be playing forever but I hope to give myself the best opportunity for doing that. I feel strong and if I didn’t I wouldn’t be sitting down talking to them."
McAuley is now 36-years-old, meaning that he is coming towards the end of his career, but he is still playing an important role for the Baggies.
The commanding defender has made 32 appearances for West Brom so far this campaign, and he has established his place in Pulis’ side’s defence.
McAuley is currently with the Northern Ireland international team, and he played in their friendly match against Wales last Thursday.
Northern Ireland’s drew 1-1 with Wales last week, and their next fixture comes against Slovenia tomorrow.
McAuley has been with West Brom since 2011, and he has made 150 Premier League appearances for the Midlands club to date.