League Two promotion hopefuls Bury have begun initial talks with star striker Andy Bishop over a new contract to extend his stay at Gigg Lane.
The 26-year-old's current deal runs until the end of next season, with Shakers boss Alan Knill upbeat about the prospects of keeping Bishop at the club.
He told the club's official website: "We're in preliminary talks with Andy Bishop about extending his contract.
"We don't want him to leave, that's the bottom line and if we can sort out a deal to keep him here, then that's really the way forward for us.
"He's a quality goalscorer and there may be clubs looking at him and they can offer him more money, but we will try our best to keep him here.
"My gut feeling is that he will stay. Andy's in a strong position but again he knows that we like him and whatever offer we make to him, will be the best offer that we can make."
Bishop has scored 55 goals in 124 appearances for Bury since his arrival from York City in the summer of 2006.