GARY Rowett is hopeful that three key members of his Burton Albion team will sign new deals next week, but does not have too much anxiety about the delay.
Midfielder Robbie Weir, along with defenders Damien McCrory and Marcus Holness, are yet to put pen to paper.
But boss Rowett does not believe the situation is the same as last summer, when out of contract stars Jacques Maghoma and Calvin Zola left the club.
Then, it was always unlikely that the duo would stay, and serious contract talks never took place.
“It’s slightly different in that I’m hopeful that all three will sign, and we’re in talks,” said Rowett.
“Hopefully they will sign in the next week to 10 days.”
McCrory (pictured) was a virtual ever-present at left-back for the Brewers until picking up an injury just before the play-offs, while Weir was a regular and Holness – after falling down the pecking order – played every minute of the final six games of the season.
“I don’t think they’re stalling,” said Rowett. “We’re still in conversation.
“These talks are always ongoing until the deals are finalised.”
Having brought in defenders George Taft and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, midfielder John Mousinho and attacker Lucas Akins, Albion’s remaining priorities are another striker and a goalkeeper.
And on the latter position, Rowett admitted it was slim pickings.
“There’s not a lot out there who aren’t 36 or 18,” he said.
“So you’ve either got experienced older guys coming to the end of their careers or young lads just starting out.
“That’s not really what we want.”
Last summer, Albion ran the rule over Chris Dunn and Brian Jensen during the summer friendlies, and though neither signed, Rowett is prepared to do that again.
“We might look at two or three in pre-season,” he said.
“We’d not just be looking at match action, but seeing how they interact with the other players and all those things which are difficult to know from just one meeting.
“It’s always our preference, when it’s a player we don’t know, to get them in.
“It worked well last year in that we didn’t take a blind punt on anyone.”