West Bromwich Albion could be set to make a surprising U-turn by offering Andy Johnson, the former Wales international midfield player, a new contract.
Johnson was originally released by the club after their Premiership campaign ended in relegation.
Indeed, the player spent 30 minutes after the match away to Everton last Sunday saying his goodbyes.
However, I understand that Albion want to offer Johnson a one-year deal - albeit at a reduced salary - in a bid to maintain a strong squad and retain the services of a player who is versatile and widely respected.
It would be a good move by the club. Johnson has been involved in two promotion campaigns with Albion and one with Nottingham Forest. His experience would be essential in the Coca-Cola Championship.
Jeremy Peace, the Albion chairman, regards Johnson as "a good club man" and the player is seen as having the attitude that typifies life at The Hawthorns.
Johnson, who joined Albion from Forest in September 2001, has been sought by a number of Coca-Cola Championship clubs but owns a house in Worcestershire and would welcome the chance to spend another year at The Hawthorns.
However, the player is 32 and has played less first-team football over the past 15 months than he would have liked.