Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander insists talks to keep Conor McLaughlin at Highbury are entering the ‘final yard’.
McLaughlin is the last of Town’s out of contract players to have his future decided.
Alan Goodall and Jon Parkin left the club earlier this month having not been offered new contracts.
Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell committed his future to Fleetwood last week, putting pen to paper on a new two-year deal.
Talks on a new contract for McLaughlin were delayed because the defender was called up for international duty – jetting to South America to play two games for Northern Ireland against Chile and Uruguay
A new deal for Conor McLaughlin was delayed because the defender was called up for international duty – jetting to South America to play two games for Northern Ireland.
But boss Alexander is hopeful of securing the services of the right back for the club’s debut League One campaign, which kicks off at Highbury against Crewe Alexandra on August 9.
He told The Gazette: “We’re almost there with Conor’s contract.
“I’d say we’re in the final yard.
“We’re very hopeful of getting things sorted with Conor because he did a fantastic job for us last season.
“But I know it’s not certain until he’s signed on the dotted line.”
Keeping hold of the 22-year-old right back would be a major boost for Alexander has he prepares Town for life in League One.
The defender, Town’s first full international, was named the players’ player of the season for 2013/14 in his second campaign with Fleetwood having joined in 2012 from Preston North End.