Royals manager Ned Yost shows no outward concern that his contract is nearing an end without as yet any meaningful discussions on an extension with general manager Dayton Moore.

“We haven’t talked about it” said Yost who has the club pointed toward its first winning season since 2003. “We haven’t discussed it Dayton and I. I don’t take the time to think about that.

“I’ve got other things to think about.”

The lack of discussion on an extension isn’t particularly unusual. Moore’s strong preference in his seven-plus years as general manager has been to wait until the off-season to make decisions regarding on-field personnel.

“I’ve tried to be real consistent with that” Moore said. “Any decisions we make with staff occur once the season is complete. Right now we’re focused on winning as many games as we can and staying in this race.”

The Royals began play Saturday trailing Detroit by 9½ games in the American League Central Division and trailing Tampa Bay by 6½ games for the AL’s final wild-card berth.

Even so Moore sure sounds like he wants to keep Yost around.

“I think Ned has done a terrific job” he said. “I’ve said that publicly. Ned has remained very consistent in his leadership.

“He and the entire coaching staff have done a tremendous job all year in staying consistent and by leading in a way that has put us in a position to win.”

Yost 59 replaced Trey Hillman as manager on May 13 2010 with a contract that ran through that end of that season. He agreed to a two-year extension on July 31 2010 that included a club option for the 2013 season.

The Royals exercised that option on Feb. 14 2012. Right now anything more is on hold.