IRELAND cap Stephen Quinn hopes he has done enough to earn a new deal from Premier League side Hull City.
The former St Patrick's Athletic man is out of contract in the summer having joined the club in 2012, with Hull boss Steve Bruce describing the £50,000 purchase of Quinn from Sheffield United as a bargain.
Quinn's agent is in talks with City about a new contract and while the player says his focus is on winning back his place in the Tigers side, he is keen to extend his stay at Hull.
"I feel like I deserve to be here. I've worked hard to be here," says Quinn.
"I was happy when the club came to me and talked about a new deal and hopefully I can get it over the line now.
"The last two and a half years have been a success and I feel like I've contributed well to the cause and to a successful period.
"I'd like to think I've earned the manager's trust over the past couple of years, but at the same time I want to stay in the team as well.
"I'm hoping I can get a deal done and hopefully stay here for at least another couple of years," added Quinn, who is keen to avoid the distraction of contract talks.
"My agent is still in contact with the club. I'll leave that to him. They're still in negotiations but hopefully they'll come to some sort of conclusion and we'll get it signed. I haven't got much dealings with it. I'm not concentrating on it too much with the league position we're in.
"I have to think about this Christmas period and hopefully getting some game time under my belt to help get the club up the table," he added.
Quinn was left out of the side which faced Chelsea last week, City going down 2-0 at Stamford Bridge but he is hoping to get the nod and be involved against Swansea City today.
"When I've played, I'd like to think I've contributed. I haven't played as much as I'd like in the last couple of months, but I'd like to stake a claim now."