St Kilda coach Scott Watters says Lenny Hayes still has plenty to offer on the field next season, with the club set to unveil changes to its playing list.
As Hayes, 33, prepares to return for Sunday's clash against Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium, Watters gave his best indication yet on Saturday that the champion midfielder would continue for a 16th season.
''I think he's got a lot to offer still, purely from a playing point of view, certainly from a leadership and mentoring point of view,'' Watters said.
''We have sort of casually spoken about it seven, eight, nine times this year. We'll get to a landing point soon, and there will probably be an announcement this week.''
It remains unclear whether retiring ruckman Justin Koschitzke will be allowed to return and notch his 200th - and final - match against Fremantle at Etihad Stadium next weekend. Koschitzke has yet to prove his fitness after a calf injury.
''It was always going to be tight once he tore his calf,'' Watters said.
Utility Jason Blake is also expected to retire, while the future of Stephen Milne is unclear.