HEARTS will hold fresh talks with injured full-back Callum Paterson to see if he is willing to extend his contract.
The Scotland international defender and his representatives have agreed to delay discussions until after surgery on his knee, which is due to take place early next week.
Tynecastle officials want to give Paterson time to digest the news that he will be out for nine to 10 months after suffering cruciate and medial ligament damage to his left knee.
Paterson, 22, had refused to extend his existing contract, which expires in June, because he wanted to continue his career in England.
However, it appears he is willing to discuss the prospect of remaining at Tynecastle after injury struck against Kilmarnock two weeks ago.
Hearts are keen to protect their investment in the player. They would have been due between £400,000 and £450,000 in training compensation if he left this summer on Freedom of Contract.