Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has reassured Mark Delaney that he could still have a future at the club, despite missing the entire season through injury.
The out of contract Wales international has suffered a series of setbacks since undergoing knee surgery towards the beginning of the campaign.
However, O'Neill has invited the 30-year-old to join up with Villa during their pre-season programme in a bid to prove his fitness and earn a new deal.
"Mark's contract ends in June but I will look at this and I think it is only right we should be looking after him until he is fit," he said.
"If Mark's current programme goes according to plan, he would be hoping to be joining in with us towards the end of July - and I am happy for that to be the case.
"Then we will be in a better position to assess what is happening with him, hopefully by the end of July to mid-August."
Meanwhile, O'Neill is hopeful that Patrik Berger will agree a new one-year deal to remain at Villa Park.
The veteran midfielder returned from a loan spell at Stoke City and impressed O'Neill during a run in the first team towards the end of the campaign.