The Newcastle Jets and skipper Nigel Boogaard have agreed in principle on a one-year deal to keep the defender at the A-League club.
The off-contract 34-year-old's future had been the subject of speculation since news in June that Newcastle had signed Melbourne Victory centre-back James Donachie on a three-year deal.
However, Newcastle announced last month that Donachie had been loaned to Indian Super League side FC Goa for one season.
That deal helped pave the way for Boogaard to extend his time with his hometown club. The centre-back, who started his national league career at the Newcastle Breakers, has been with the Jets since 2015, playing 104 of his 257 A-League games at the club.
"The contract is not signed yet but he'll be at the club next year," Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna said on Tuesday of Boogaard.
McKinna was also confident of having Lachlan Jackson back from a knee reconstruction in time to play friendlies in December.
Details of the next A-League season schedule have not been confirmed and a new collective bargaining agreement with the players' union is yet to be reached.
In the meantime, the Jets have agreed on a short-term loan deal for Matt Millar to join English third-division club Shrewsbury Town until January 1.
McKinna said the right-back, who is contracted to Newcastle until June next year, may not return. Millar, 24, started in all 24 of his games for the Jets last season after coming to the club from the Mariners on a two-year deal.
"Donachie's loan deal is more for the season, where this is just a short-term one," McKinna said.
"It worked out because they were interested in Matt and it's good for us because we're just going to be doing pre-season training anyway.
"He's very keen on it and he was hungry to experience what's it like over there. The club were easy to deal with, but the big thing is the boy was keen to go. We'll just see how he does now.
"People ask, 'Is he going to stay?' We can't dictate that. It's up to Matty.
"He's out of contract at the end of the season anyway. If he got offered a deal and we didn't agree, he would leave for free at the end of the year anyway.
"When boys are coming out of contract, you have to get the best deal possible for the club.
"If he does well, I would say there would be a transfer fee involved."
On Tuesday, the Jets announced that assistant coach Darren Bazeley was leaving to take up a role with New Zealand Football.
Bazeley's family is based in New Zealand, where he will coach the national under-20 side and serve as an assistant with the Olympic side and the All Whites.
He came to Newcastle in July, before the resumption of the A-League after the COVID-19 break.
"Given the circumstances with travel restrictions internationally, it'll allow me to be closer to my family here in New Zealand, which Robbo [Carl Robinson] and Lawrie were very understanding about," Bazeley said.
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