Ronnie McFall is hoping to tie up a deal with Kevin Pressman this weekend that will keep the experienced goalkeeper at Portadown until the end of the season.
David Miskelly isn't yet fit to make a return to the first-team after major ankle surgery during the summer and with Pressman's current contract due to expire in the next couple of weeks, McFall wants to keep him on-board with assaults on the Irish Cup, Setanta Cup and a league title challenge to come in the New Year.
The Ports have conceded just one goal in their last six matches and have now gone 389 minutes without being beaten, with a lot of that being down to Pressman.
The Ports have been in fifth place for come time now, but they are poised to break into the top three or four with games coming thick and fast during Christmas and the New Year.
"Over the last couple of months we have looked sound defensively and Kevin Pressman has been outstanding," said McFall.
"We had goalkeeping problems at the start of the season, Pressman came in and his experience and quality have settled us down at the back.
"If we'd had him from the start of the season we would have been in a better position that we are now."
Pressman will look for his fifth successive clean-sheet away to Newry City this afternoon.
Roy Coyle's side had been on a good run, but they have lost their last four games and have now slipped back to tenth in the table.
Coyle is hoping to have striker Karl Bermingham back from a knee ligament injury today to bolster his attack.