Off-contract Newcastle Jets captain Nigel Boogaard says he is not focusing on re-signing for the club just yet, but has declared he would like to stay.
The 31-year-old joined the Jets from Adelaide United in 2015 on a three-year contract and has played over 50 games for his hometown club.
Newcastle are currently second on the table and take on fourth-placed Melbourne Victory in a triple header clash on Saturday.
And Boogaard said contract talks were out of his head for now.
“For me it’s not important at the moment,” Boogaard said.
“For me, it’s making sure we do well and that’ll look after itself come the end of the season. I love the place, I’d love to stick around and I’d love to be a part of this team in the years to come.
“We’ll see how that eventuates, but at the moment, I’m just concentrating on making sure I can keep my level of performance each week and stay on the park.”
Newcastle salvaged a 2-2 draw to Melbourne City last week after Steven Ugarkovic cleared Ross McCormack’s chip off the line in the dying seconds.
The Jets skipper felt the result was fair and was happy they still had a four-point buffer over third-placed City.
“I think we go into every game with that expectation on ourselves that if we execute our game plan, we’ll come away with three points,” he said.
“There are some positives to take out of it. We’re disappointed we couldn’t come away with three points.
“It would’ve been great to go down there and do a number on them. We’ll take the positives out of that and move on to Victory at home this week.
“Our aim at the start of the season which is public knowledge now is we want to make the top four.
“If we pick up three points against Victory and put a gap between us and them, then we’ll go a long way to maintaining that top four position.”