Paul Hanlon hopes to extend his long stay at Hibs beyond the end of this season.
The 25-year-old defender, who is out of contract this summer, said: “I would be keen to stay. This is the club I supported as a boy and the way it is just now, I love being here. I have thought about the possibility of being a one-club man. If it came to it and I had to move on, I’d be open to trying something new, but if I finish my career here having played hundreds of games for Hibs, I’ll be proud of that.”
Hanlon is currently in uncharted territory as he has previously always had the security of long-term contracts. “It’s quite weird because it’s the first time I’ve been in this position,” he said. “When I was younger I got a five-year contract and then a few years into that, I got a new five-and-a-half-year so I’ve never been a position when it was getting close to expiring.
“There’s obviously a bit of pressure because you want to do enough to earn a new contract. I suppose there is a bit anxiety about it, but I’m certainly not at the panic situation yet. It’s more my girlfriend and my family that are wondering what’s going to happen, but I’m quite relaxed about it.”
Hanlon says there have been no discussions about a new deal yet, but he is optimistic his excellent form for Hibs this season will count in his favour. He said: “We’ve not had any talks – it’s still quite early for that. We’ve got to concentrate on getting promoted first and then we can take it from there. I’m not one to go knocking on the manager’s door and pushing things.
“I would rather just concentrate on playing football. I believe that I’m a good enough footballer to let my ability do the talking. The manager’s been playing me every week, so hopefully if I keep doing well enough to stay in the team, that will earn me a new contract.”