Hayden Paddon says he is "close" to agreeing a deal to drive for Hyundai again next season.

Paddon joined the team in 2014, taking in six events in the 'third' car, before agreeing an expanded role for this year.

The New Zealander took his maiden WRC podium in Sardinia back in June and off the back of some impressive showings on gravel has been promoted to the 'main' team for this weekend's Rally Australia, swapping with Dani Sordo.

Asked about next year and if he has signed up with Hyundai, Paddon replied: "Things are close. We want to focus on preparing for this rally [at the moment], there are a few formalities after this weekend."

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Meanwhile, Paddon reiterated that he thinks he can get another rostrum finish this weekend on "home" soil.

"Definitely," he continued. "It's a very hard goal to reach, but that's part of the process - you have to set the target that's harder to achieve. This is the best chance since Sardinia in terms of road position, but I also feel more relaxed.

"I need to put the pieces of the puzzle together and hope the stage times come. It's really important to stay relaxed. If you push too hard, you can make mistakes and go slower. I have fire in the belly for tomorrow morning's stages, these are where the biggest advantage will come for the whole weekend. I'm only going to get one opportunity to make the most of it."

Pressed on how much pressure he is putting on himself, he added: "Not too much. A lot of variables come in; in terms of outright pace, we don't have top-three speed, but if we can be consistently in the top five on most stages, then we should be right. We need to be consistent and make no mistakes.

"I'm sure we'll see some tyre strategy this weekend [too], but we have a good plan in place [in terms of tyres]. I'm confident in that, I'm sure it'll work out well."