WOLVES will open talks about a new contract for Irish defender Stephen Ward after the transfer window closes next week.
Dubliner Ward has made more than 100 appearances for Wolves since he joined from Bohs in 2007.
The 24-year-old missed three months of action this season after picking up a knee injury just three games into Wolves' Premier League campaign, but he has since returned to the starting line-up and starred for Mick McCarthy's side in their 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Tuesday.
Ward has a year and a half left on his current deal, but the Portmarnock native is keen to stay and hopes to be able to sign a long-term deal.
"I hope we can get something sorted in relation to the contract. I'm not worrying about it at the moment. When the time comes I will leave it all to my agent to deal with," Ward says.
" I have 18 months left on my contract and I would like to stay here. I love it at Wolves so I would love a new deal, but for now I am concentrating on my own form.
"I think my agent has spoken to the club about a longer deal but it's not on the agenda right now; the club are busy due to the transfer window. Once that is closed then we might have a chat about it. But I would love to stay and sign a long-term deal. I'm very happy here; I am settled in the area and want to stay," he added.
"Wolves have been great for me since I came over from Bohs. Mick McCarthy gave me a chance and put me in the team. We did well as a group by getting promoted last season. I think we have a great chance of staying in the Premier League this season and I want to be a part of that."
One piece of business which is occupying Wolves this week is their bid for Ireland international Stephen Hunt. Hull are reported to have turned down a third bid from Wolves for the Waterford man and their chase for Hunt could go on until the transfer window closes on Monday.
"We will probably make a fourth and final bid for a player we've been pursuing through January," Wolves CEO Jez Moxey said in relation to ex-Reading man Hunt.
"Let's hope it's enough to make it happen because we are fully aware of the need to stay in the Premier League, and signing the player would improve the squad."
Hunt has been a key figure for Hull this season, making 22 appearances, and is their leading scorer with five goals. He's due to play for Hull against Wolves on Saturday but if he does appear in that game, it could be his final appearance in the Tigers' jersey.
Ward says he'd be delighted to see Hunt join the large Irish colony at Molineux.
"It would be great to have someone like him at the club," said Ward. "Everyone knows his quality and that he's good on the ball but he's also a hard worker.
"He scores a lot of goals and that's something we need, more goals from midfield, and Stephen Hunt would be a huge addition to our squad, if we can get him."