Danny Murphy has revealed he is two games away from another contract at Fulham FC.
The Cottagers' captain has six months left on his current deal, but a clause based on games played will automatically extend his stay another season.
And following the Whites' hard-fought FA Cup win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday - the first on their travels this term - the man who will be 32 in March believes he will be close to ending his career at the Cottage.
"I am part of a club that is progressing and I want to end my career here," Murphy said.
"If I play a couple more games my contract extends to next year, but at the end of this season I want to sit down and re-negotiate its length."
Murphy has been an integral part of Roy Hodgson's passing philosophy and showed his worth when setting up Andy Johnson's opener at Hillsborough with a beautiful through ball.
He will also be heartened by the news Fulham have rubbished a claim by South African international midfielder Kagison Dikgacoi that he's on his way to the Whites pending a medical.
However, Murphy will now also face a battle to hang on to his place with Dickson Etuhu also able to play in Murphy's slot just in front of the defence.
The victory at Sheffield, sealed by a late winner from AJ was a season landmark for the Whites and the captain admits it was an important psychological marker.
"It was nice to prove to ourselves we can win away from home!" he said. "But our performances at Anfield,Aston Villa and Tottenham had given us plenty of confidence anyway."
"Our home form has made up for some bad performances on the road, one of those was against Blackburn, who come to us on Saturday, so it would be nice to put that right."