RESTRICTED free agent Jeremy McGovern is set to decide whether to continue contract negotiations with West Coast or delay talks over his playing future.

The star intercept defender is out of contract at the end of 2018 and reportedly being targeted by several Melbourne-based clubs.

McGovern, 26, is seeking a long-term extension over five or six years, believing this could be the last contract he signs.

The key Eagle has been in regular contact with manager Colin Young and will weigh up this week how to proceed in talks with West Coast.

"We'll have a chat about how he's feeling, how it sits, we'll go through some logistics," Young told 6PR radio. 

"But I reckon we'll probably know in the next seven to 10 days whether he keeps on going and trying to get it done or waits until the end of the season, or mid-season like Gaffy (Andrew Gaff) or (Tom) Lynch. 

"Obviously, it's been stated that there has been a few clubs interested in Jeremy.

"We'll sit (down this) week and work through it and then we'll let the club and obviously Jeremy, through the media, (will let everyone) know what's going on." 

McGovern, who was raised in Albany and will soon become a father, told recently that lifestyle would be a key factor in his decision.  

Young denied that any decision to delay talks would be about money. 

"We don't try and get the price up by holding on," he said. 

"There's certain key factors and they all have to fit, so at the moment we're just jostling.

"This could be his last contract.

"Jeremy is after a long-term contract, so we'll see if that can come from West Coast and we'll see where it sits." 

The Eagles have been on a signing spree recently, securing key youngsters Willie Rioli, Liam Ryan, Jake Waterman and Oscar Allen, plus more experienced campaigners including Jack Redden and Nathan Vardy.

But their big-name prospective restricted free agents – McGovern, star Victorian wingman Andrew Gaff and influential South Australian ruckman Scott Lycett – all remain uncontracted beyond this year.  

Gaff has repeatedly stated he is focused on football and is unlikely to re-sign before mid-season, in keeping with his two previous contract negotiations. 

Lycett, who has been in strong form coming back from a season ruined by shoulder issues, is managed by Young's colleague at Corporate Sports Australia, Andrew McDougall.