Coach Tony Popovic would love to see marquee import Diego Castro stay with Perth Glory for another A-League season.
The West Australian side are in the hunt for their first championship this time thanks in part to the skills of the Spanish midfielder. His contract expires at the end of this season but Popovic is hoping the 36-year-old will remain for a possible Asian Champions League campaign next year.
"I'm sure he can go on; I don't have any doubt about him going on after what I've seen," said the former Western Sydney coach, who took over at Perth before the start of the season. "He is well enough and fit enough to continue and make an impact.
"I have the utmost respect for Diego as a person and a player. If he decides he wants to play at the end of the year, well then I'd love that to be with us at Perth."
Popovic said the 2014/15 Johnny Warren Medal winner had his focus on playing at the moment and his future would be resolved at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, owner Tony Sage said: "We've always done the negotiations with him in June. He'll make up his mind by then."
Castro has played 90 games and scored 38 goals for the club since joining from Getafe in 2015.
The Glory will have former Melbourne City marquee Bruno Fornaroli joining them from the start of next season, which Sage believes might help persuade Castro to sign up for another year.
Perth will take a big step towards securing the Premiers' Plate if they can beat last season's champions Melbourne Victory on Saturday. With five rounds left, Popovic's side are nine points ahead of Sydney FC, with Victory in third a further point behind.
Perth Glory are 6/4 to win the Grand Final and 19/20 to win their next game against Melbourne Victory, who are 13/5 with the draw 13/5.