Roosters playmaker Drew Hutchison is set to cap off a rollercoaster season of pain and triumph by inking a contract extension.
Hutchison is in the final stages of securing a new deal after proving more than a handy back-up option in the halves for coach Trent Robinson this season.
An ACL injury to Luke Keary in round three opened the door for the 26-year-old to play regular first grade after just 13 appearances in four seasons following his NRL debut with St George Illawarra in 2015.
Hutchison notched his 11th game of the year for the Roosters on Saturday and looks set to remain with the Tricolours beyond this season.
"Things between the club and my management are moving along quite nicely and we've got a deal in place for the next couple of years," Hutchison said on Monday.
"There are just a few little details that are getting sorted out before it's official.
"It's very exciting from my perspective because I'm really happy to be part of this great club and want to keep it going as long as possible.
"My preference was always to stay as it's really special to sit in the team room and pull on a jersey with so much history like the Roosters."
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It was only two months ago that there were fears Hutchison may not have been able to play again this season after suffering fractured ribs and a punctured lung in an illegal tackle from Dylan Brown against the Eels in May.
Despite an additional stint in hospital following complications, the 26-year-old has made a full recovery in recent weeks to string together three games, two of which he's started alongside Sam Walker and led to wins.
"Through the whole process, I can't speak highly enough of the Roosters medical staff, who remained calm during it all, they made me feel like I wasn't in any trouble whatsoever," he said.
"The specialists I dealt with were unbelievable and made my road to recovery all that smoother.
"A couple of weeks ago when I returned to the side the process for me was trying to get in as many deep and long breaths as I could.
"Admittedly, when I first came back I'd be good for a couple of minutes but then it would all hit me at once and I'd be really fatigued.
"Like everyone, I was a little short of breath on Saturday against the Cowboys but I feel that was more of a representation of the overall fatiguing game.
"Thankfully there's been no long-term ramifications from the injury and I've been able to return to full fitness in quite a short amount of time."
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While Hutchison's combination with Walker continues to be a work in progress, he was happy with how the partnership is taking shape.
"Part of our jobs is to work together and get the best out of the team, and after working quite hard at that during the week, I thought we were able to do that for the team on Saturday," he said.
"There are positive signs there and us two are going to work extremely hard together towards the end of the season, to put us and the team in the best position to win."