Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are close to agreeing a new deal to keep young hooker Matty Wildie at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Wildie, who turned 23 this week, is out of contract with the Super League club but has been in discussions over a new deal during the close season.
And he is set to extend his stay in the red, white and blue with Wildcats head coach Richard Agar keen to hang on to his services.
The Wildcats youth product made five appearances for the club in all competitions last season but found opportunities hard to come by with Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton playing so well throughout the season.
Kyle Wood also acted as back-up to Aiton before his departure to Huddersfield Giants.
But his move to the John Smith’s Stadium, coupled with Aiton’s expected move to Leeds Rhinos, should pave the way for more regular action for Wildie in 2014.
Agar admitted his desire to extend Wildie’s contract as far back as June, saying: “Yes I would [like Wildie to stay], but we’ve got to know it’s right for both parties.
“He’s at that stage of his career that he probably needs to make a decision and play a little bit more now.
“He’s being provided with an opportunity through form and we need to know whether Matty is the solution and answer for us going forward. We really hope he is, because he’s a terrific kid and a good club man”
Agar’s squad restructuring in light of financial troubles at the club has only cemented Wakefield’s desire to cling on to a player that has come right through the ranks at Belle Vue.
Wildie also provides another option at No.7 and started in that role in Wakefield’s victory over Castleford Tigers on the last day of the regular season.
Youngster Dan Maskill is also in talks with the club to give Agar another option at hooker next season.
The 20-year-old shone for the club’s under-19s last season and made his first-team debut as a replacement in Wakefield’s Challenge Cup win over Hemel Stags in April.
And the player has impressed enough to enter talks over a first-team deal for 2014.