BURTON Albion are close to agreeing a deal to keep Robbie Weir at the Pirelli Stadium.
The 25-year-old midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the month and he has stalled on signing a new deal he was offered earlier in the season.
It is thought the Northern Irishman wanted to see what offers could be available at a higher level – but Brewers boss Gary Rowett thinks a deal could be close.
“We’ve advanced talks a bit with Robbie,” he said. “He’s keen to stay, as are one or two others.
“They’re seeing what’s out there, which is understandable.
“You can’t deny them that chance.”
Weir has played 101 games in two seasons for Albion, scoring nine goals, and has become a crucial part of Rowett’s side.
Another key man, Damien McCrory, is also being persuaded to stay at the Pirelli.
The 24-year-old left-back has played 99 games in two seasons since arriving from Dagenham, and is currently recovering from a minor knee operation.
“We’re still in talks with Damo,” said Rowett. “It’s one that’s slightly changed due to the fact he’s injured.
“It’s unfortunate for him.
“Him and Robbie had these deals on the table for the best part of this season and they’ve exercised their right to see what’s out there.
“Damo’s got injured at the wrong time for him, but we’re still trying to offer him something which reflects what he’s done in the last two years.
“Hopefully we’ll get something sorted with that.”
The other first-team player whose future is still up in the air is defender Marcus Holness.
The 25-year-old centre-half had to spend much of the season as back-up to Ian Sharps and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, but when he did play - a red card at Wimbledon aside - he was outstanding.
He made 23 appearances, netting a crucial goal at Southend in the play-offs, and has made 53 appearances in two years.
“We’re still in talks with Marcus,” said Rowett. “He’s mulling over our offer and we’ll know what he’s doing soon.”