From the inside, this Yankees’ quarter-season has been all about validation. So it should not surprise you the man running things wants to keep moving forward on all fronts.

Robinson Cano, having risen to the challenge of being the Yankees’ main guy, is moving forward with the hopes of spending his entire career in The Bronx.

The $189 million payroll for 2014 is more in play than ever.

And manager Joe Girardi? Well, he’ll have to wait a while longer for his new contract. Yet there couldn’t be less doubt about his future in a Yankees uniform.

Hal Steinbrenner dispersed only good cheer during a chat yesterday following the quarterly owners’ meetings at Major League Baseball’s Manhattan headquarters. He professed hope the Yankees’ stunningly successful start is real and will lead to many other good things.

“There are a lot of great stories on this team,” the Yankees’ managing general partner said. “It’s fun to watch, it really is. They’re scrappy.

“Coming back from behind, it seems like at certain times in the past, it’s just not something you had confidence in.’’

Now, [Tuesday night] against Felix [Hernandez], against [Seattle’s] bullpen, which is good, [they came back].”

Cano might be the Yankees’ MVP so far, which is what the team hoped to see when so many other star players went down with injuries. Steinbrenner revealed the club has held “several” conversations with Cano’s new agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, whom Cano joined (along with Jay-Z, who is not yet certified by the Players Association) after leaving Scott Boras. Steinbrenner shared his hope the Yankees could keep Cano from exploring free agency this offseason.

“I still have the faith that the player has a big say in it, and I know that Robbie wants to be here,” Steinbrenner said. “And Robbie knows we want him to be here. We want him to end his career here. I think to me, whether I’m right or not, that plays a big part in it, regardless of who the agent is. But we’re going to continue trying to push ahead and try to get something done. We want him to be a Yankee.”