Tony Scholes, the Stoke chief executive, is hoping to secure the services of captain Ryan Shawcross on a new long-term contract.

Shawcross, who joined Stoke from Manchester United in 2008, has just one year left on his current contract and he is yet to agree on terms for a new contract with the team.

Scholes has said that there are ongoing talks with Shawcross and that he is hopefully that the 29 year old will remain with the club for a long time to come.

Talking to The Sentinel Scholes said, “When you’ve got important players, you want to do something sooner rather than later. But that is a very simple statement about what can be a very complicated and long process. There’s always talks. People talk about ‘have talks started?’ We’ve been in contact.”

Scholes went on to describe Shawcross as a “great player for the club” and said that he has been an integral part of what the club has achieved over the last few years and that he hopes that “will remain the case for many years to come.”

Scholes is also hopeful that he can reach a deal to sign defender Bruno Martins Indi on a permanent basis.

The Netherlands international joined Stoke on a season-long loan from Porto last summer and he quickly earnt himself a regular place in the first-team. He made 37 appearances in all competitions for Stoke and scored once.

“Once you start introducing other parties into it, you have to take into account those other parties’ position as well. So it’s not just us, Bruno and Bruno’s agent, there’s the other club as well. Everything has to fall into place before a deal is done but (we are) absolutely hopeful. Bruno has been a good player for us – but we will have to see.”