Sunderland defender Titus Bramble is hoping to earn a new contract on Wearside.
The 31 year old is out of contract in the summer but believes he can extend his future at the club if he stays fit and in form.
Bramble made his first Premier League appearance this term against Liverpool, replacing an injured Carlos Cuellar, showing he still has a place with the Black Cats.
Bramble told The Journal: “It’s still something I’m interested in. If I’m playing in games I don’t see why I won’t get offered a new contract. Of course I want to stay. I’m very happy up here and I would love to stay.
“This season I can just get my head down and focus on football – nothing else, which is the main thing. The challenge for me is to play as many games as possible because we’ve got four or five centre-halves and four of them are over 30.
“I don’t think any of us will play a full season – that’s just nature. The youngest [Matthew Kilgallon] who is 27 or 28. So competition for places is going to be tough, but that’s what all big clubs need.”