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Graham Alexander is set to be offered a new deal by Burnley that will take him past his 39th birthday.

Alexander, who doubles up as the club's player-coach, is out of contract in the summer. But manager Brian Laws has made it clear he sees Alexander as crucial to his plans in their attempt to make a swift return to the Barclays Premier League.

Laws said: "Graham is part of my team and I not going to be opening the door, saying thank you very much, and shutting it behind him."

He added: "We will be sitting down over the next week or so and I expect him to be here next season.

"He will still be strong on the playing side - the coaching will take care of itself - we don't want to detract from that.

"He will do that first and foremost as we don't want to take away his qualities as a footballer. Just because of his age, you can't say that's it.

"Graham has shown already this season he is more than capable of performing, more than capable of playing for 90 minutes.

"He has made a difference on the pitch. Long may it continue. It is about the quality of the player and the man."

At 38 Alexander has made 32 Premier League appearances heading into the final fixture against Tottenham at Turf Moor on Sunday. He remains a popular figure despite the club's demotion and has been named Player of the Year, voted by supporters through the official club website.

Laws added: "Graham has been very steady the whole way through. The fans like him and the players like him. The consistency he has shown this season he deserves this accolade. When he hasn't played we have missed him."

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