Aberdeen’s Anthony O’Connor admits it is likely he will decide his future at the end of the season.
The centre-back, who can also play in midfield, is out of contract when the current campaign finishes.
But the Irishman says he is in no hurry to decide where he will be playing his football next term.
O’Connor, pictured, has had discussions about a new deal with Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes and says he has loved his time with the Dons after joining from Burton Albion in the summer of 2016.
But he wants to concentrate on finishing the season strongly with the Reds, as they attempt to finish second and remain Celtic’s main challengers – and try to win the Scottish Cup.
The 25-year-old said: “First and foremost my concentration is on Aberdeen Football Club and trying to get as many wins on the board as I can between now and the end of the season, and making this club finish as high as it can.
“Come the end of the season I will have a decision to make.
“One thing I can say is that I’ve loved my time here and I can’t speak highly enough of the manager and his assistant, and all the rest of the staff who have been absolutely brilliant.
“Whether it’s at the end of the season or between now and the end of the season, I have a decision to make.
“My main focus is on playing football for the club, playing as many games as I can and helping this club have a bit of success.”
The Dons head to Firhill tomorrow to take on Partick Thistle in the Premiership as they look to get back to winning ways after a draw with Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup and league defeats to Celtic and Hibs.
It is the first of 10 league games remaining as they battle with Rangers and Hibs to finish as the nearest challengers to champions Celtic.
Then on Tuesday Aberdeen face Killie in their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay with the chance to set up a semi-final with Motherwell on April 14.
With the season approaching its climax O’Connor also admits it frustrates him when he hears people talking about his situation.
He is keen to stress that his focus for the remainder of the campaign is simply on performing well on the pitch.
He added: “I hear people talking about it and saying ‘he’s doing this and he’s doing that’.
“But my main focus is just Aberdeen, they are my employers and I can’t really make
too much comment about it.
“I can’t say what I’m going to do or what I’m going to decide.
“I want to help this club achieve some success, the Scottish Cup is there to play for.”
Since arriving in the Granite City O’Connor has made 78 appearances for the Dons and has been a regular in manager McInnes’ team.
The former Blackburn Rovers and Plymouth Argyle player says he would be happy to stay at Pittodrie. But with the career of a footballer being a short one, O’Connor knows the importance of making the most of his career.
He insists he would have no regrets about remaining with the Dons next season, but wants to make sure he takes his time and makes the best decision for his future.
O’Connor said: “I wouldn’t say I’d regret it (staying with the Dons) because it’s a great club to play for.
“But I just want to make sure it’s right for me and right for everyone else if I’m going to stay or move on.
“I’ll decide that at the end of the season.”