Andy Dawson deal given green light by Hull City boss Steve Bruce
HULL City defender Andy Dawson will be offered the chance to rack up a decade of service at the KC Stadium with Steve Bruce keen to honour the defender's loyalty with a new deal.
The 33-year-old has so far endured an anxious summer as the final weeks of his contract have ebbed away with little clarity over his long-term future from the City board.
Terms had been agreed on a one-year extension as far back as February but the sacking of former boss Nick Barmby last month plunged Dawson into limbo.
The issue of a new contract subsequently became a decision for Barmby's successor, but the Mail understands Bruce intends to honour the provisional deal and hand Dawson a testimonial year with the Tigers.
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Although the veteran's existing deal is due to expire in just eight days, Dawson is expected to finally see an extension signed off ahead of pre-season training on July 2.
That would grant the popular left-back a testimonial fixture for a decade of service and a likely friendly with Spurs next summer, the club where younger brother Michael is club captain.
Bruce is understood to have made retaining Dawson one of his top priorities.
As well as being a key member of the City dressing room – resuming the role of captain when injury struck Jack Hobbs in March – the experience and reliability of Dawson carries obvious appeal for Bruce.
The left-back was an ever-present after he wrestled the left-back slot away from Joe Dudgeon in December and was part of a City defence that went over 10 hours of Championship football without conceding between early January and early March.
Dawson, who will turn 34 in October, is now the only survivor of City's Championship promotion winning side of 2007-08.
The summer exits of Barmby and Richard Garcia have left Dawson standing comfortably as City's longest servant. Defender Liam Cooper, who made his debut five years after Dawson, is now the closest contender.
With 310 appearances to his name since signing on a free transfer from Scunthorpe in 2003, Dawson is now 20th on the all-time appearance list for the Tigers and should the final details of a new deal be rubber-stamped, Bruce will become his seventh different boss at the KC.
Signed by Peter Taylor, Dawson has also served under Phil Parkinson, Phil Brown, Iain Dowie, Nigel Pearson and Barmby.
Tying up Dawson to a new deal will be Bruce's first piece of business as City boss, but supporters are continuing to await new blood ahead of pre-season training next month.
Bruce has earmarked Brad Guzan as one of his favoured goalkeeping options yet may have to remain patient as the American enjoys a holiday back in his homeland.
A host of players have been linked with the Tigers, including former England striker Emile Heskey, and Bruce will hope to make his first breakthroughs before the Tigers head off on a warm-weather training camp in Portugal in just over a fortnight.