Port Vale boss John Askey believes Nathan Smith will wait until the end of the season before making a decision on his future.
The 23 year old’s current deal runs out in the summer and, although he hasn’t ruled out staying with the Vale, he is likely to attract other offers.
The centre half turns 24 in April, so would be able to leave on a free transfer, but Vale have made him an offer and are hopeful he will accept.
Speculation hasn’t affected Smith’s form. The youngster is among the contenders to be the club’s player of the season having been a key performer alongside captain Leon Legge at the heart of Vale’s defence.
Smith is set to make his 200th Vale appearance on Saturday, in the home game against Crawley.
Askey said: “They have struck up a good partnership. Prior to me coming in, there had been a lot of changes, mainly around Nathan. But I think the fact we have a settled back two has helped both of them.”
Askey added: “It’s great. As I have spoken about before, we hope that he will be another one that signs. I think he will leave it until the end of the season but the main thing at the moment is he is playing well. Hopefully he will get another 200 appearances for Port Vale.”