Manchester City are close to agreeing a new deal with goalkeeper Nicky Weaver.
The 28-year-old has returned to the first-team picture this season after three years in the wilderness, but is out of contract in the summer.
Manager Stuart Pearce has relied heavily on the former England Under-21 international this season despite signing Sweden international Andreas Isaksson last summer.
And Pearce is keen to reward the Sheffield-born keeper with a new contract.
"We are close," Pearce told the club's official website.
"Nick has been here for nine years. He is a great kid and he has proved the injury problems he had in the past are over.
"We want to reward him and show our faith in him."
Weaver remains a favourite among the Eastlands faithful after his heroics in the 1999 play-off final penalty shoot-out which saw City return to the second tier of English football.
But until this season, the popular keeper had been plagued by a series of serious knee injuries and underwent a revolutionary cartilage transplant operation in America in a bid to save his career.